Snoring Solutions

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Snoring can cause poor sleep and impact overall health. It also can cause daytime fatigue and issues for your bed partner who can’t sleep through the noise.

Over time, snoring can lead to serious health problems.

Snoring affects around 57% of men, 40% of women, and 27% of children in the U.S., totaling tens of millions of Americans.

We want you to be able to live your best and healthiest life. Our snoring treatments offer patients in Portland an affordable and effective way to change their health.

If you snore and don’t know where to start, you are in the right place. Snoring is most often a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition with more serious health implications. We partner with physicians to get you an accurate diagnosis through an at-home sleep test.

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Overview of Snoring

Snoring is caused by the rattling and vibration of the soft palate as air passes through a restricted airway. Restriction or narrowing of the airway can be caused by several factors, such as a narrow palate, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, inadequate tongue space caused by small jaws, obesity or weight gain, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Here are some causes of snoring:

Age:

Tissue of the mouth and throat can become slacked like aging skin and loss of muscle tone, leading to snoring.

Anatomy:

Small and underdeveloped jaws, a narrow palate, and large tonsils or adenoids can cause snoring.

Nasal and sinus issues:

Decreased airway volume increases airflow pressure and creates a vacuum, causing tissue vibration.

Weight:

Excessive fat deposits in the throat shrink the airway volume, creating an airway blockage.

Alcohol and smoking:

Increased muscle relaxation leads to decreased airway volume. This also can happen with some medications.

Sleeping on your back:

The force of gravity shrinks the airway further when you are facing up if you sleep on your back nightly.

While snoring is quite common and is sometimes just a minor nuisance, it is often a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is a serious condition that has significant quality of life and health implications if left untreated.

Impact of Snoring

Chronic snoring, often dismissed as a minor annoyance, can have significant implications on your overall health and quality of life.

Long-term snoring increases your risk of health issues, including:

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Obstructive sleep apnea

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Difficulty concentrating

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Heart attack

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High blood pressure

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Stroke

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Type 2 diabetes

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Erectile dysfunction

Snoring can also cause daytime fatigue and make concentrating difficult during the day. These quality-of-life changes negatively impact your health.

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Disrupted Sleep:

Snoring can lead to interrupted sleep, worsening your overall health and making your immune system suffer.

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Stress on relationships:

Snoring can make sleeping difficult for both you and your partner, causing strain on relationships.

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Sleep Disorders:

Persistent snoring may indicate an underlying sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, preventing restorative sleep.

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Irritability:

The disruptions caused by snoring can contribute to irritability and mood swings.

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Cardiovascular Risks:

Snoring can lead to heart disease and more if untreated.

We understand the multifaceted impact of snoring. Our personalized solutions address the sound and target the underlying causes, ensuring you achieve a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep.

Snoring and
Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Snoring is often the first noticeable symptom of OSA, a more severe sleep disorder. While snoring occurs due to the vibration of relaxed throat tissues during breathing, in OSA, these same tissues can collapse and obstruct the airway, leading to repeated breathing pauses. This relationship between snoring and OSA signifies that chronic, loud snoring, especially if accompanied by daytime fatigue or gasping for air at night, should be evaluated for possible sleep apnea. It’s crucial to understand that not everyone who snores has OSA, but snoring is a key indicator and often a precursor to the condition.

Our team emphasizes the importance of early detection and intervention through at-home sleep testing. Recognizing the progression from snoring to OSA allows for timely and effective treatment, potentially preventing this escalation. Our team offers comprehensive testing and personalized treatment options.

Both snoring alone and sleep apnea can be treated. Don’t wait – test as soon as possible to get started.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment option offered at Sleep Health Partners to effectively address snoring. This non-invasive procedure utilizes laser energy to tighten and strengthen the tissues in the throat, reducing the vibrations that cause snoring. Here’s an overview of this advanced therapy:

How It Works:

Laser Technology:

The therapy employs a specialized laser that gently heats the soft palate and throat tissues.

Tissue Tightening:

The laser energy stimulates collagen production, leading to the tightening of the throat tissues, and reducing snoring amplitude.

Outpatient Procedure:

It is performed as an outpatient procedure, typically taking only a few minutes with minimal discomfort.

Unlike surgical options, laser snoring therapy is non-invasive, with no incisions or stitches required. Patients can usually resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure. From this treatment, many patients experience a significant reduction in snoring intensity and the number of snoring episodes, leading to better sleep quality for both themselves and their partners. The procedure is safe, with most patients reporting only a warm sensation during treatment.

Laser snoring therapy is one of the many advanced options we offer to help our patients achieve a restful, refreshing night of sleep. If you’re struggling with snoring and are looking for a non-invasive solution, consult with our team to see if laser treatments are the right option for you.

Is snoring the same as obstructive sleep apnea?
While snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, snoring is a unique sleep disorder and doesn’t always mean the patient has obstructive sleep apnea. However, snoring is a great reason to get tested and determine which sleep disorder you have. Even treating snoring can offer numerous health and social benefits, and we encourage you to learn more about snoring treatments. We offer laser therapy and oral appliance therapy to treat snoring. Reach out today to get started with testing.