Snoring is a common problem experienced by many adults. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that approximately 37 million adults in the United States are chronic snorers....YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
At night while you are sleeping, your body and muscles relax including those in and around your throat. This relaxation can cause loose or excess tissue in the upper airway to vibrate as air passes over it while breathing resulting in the snoring noise.
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Snoring can be intermittent or habitual, soft or loud. Habitual snoring is nearly always a social problem for a bed partner. Snoring causes a reduction in the QUANTITY and QUALITY of sleep for the person snoring, people in the same bed, same room, and sometimes the same house!
The bed partner of a chronic snorer loses on average one hour of sleep each night! Sleep deprivation can cause irritability, mood swings, low energy, decreased productivity, muddled thinking and even make you unsafe at the wheel while driving. Sleep deprivation can also lead to health problems including compromising the immune system. Snoring is also one of the primary sleep apnea symptoms. Many couples resort to sleeping in separate bedrooms due to the annoyance of snoring. This can lead to relationship strain and loss of intimacy. If you are ready to get snoring under control and sleep in the same bedroom again, call us today!
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Atlanta Snoring Institute can treat your snoring with simple, effective office procedures in about 20 minutes allowing you to return to work right away. These procedures are effective in reducing or eliminating snoring in most patients. Snoring can be caused by different areas in the airway including the nose, soft palate (roof of your mouth), uvula and/or the tonsils. Every person is different. Atlanta Snoring Institute will work with you to determine the cause of your snoring and the right snoring treatment that will work for you! Call today to schedule your evaluation appointment!
How is Snoring Treated?
Treatment Options for snoring:
- Pillar Procedure - In our office, tiny inserts are placed in your soft palate to help provide support. Because no tissue is removed, there is minimal discomfort and very short recovery time, sometimes only a day!
- Nasal Surgical Procedures including correcting a deviated septum or reducing excess tissue within the nose
- Somnoplasty of the soft palate
- Surgical procedures to remove excess tissue from the throat are rarely needed to treat snoring
Also, simple lifestyle changes may provide relief:
- Losing extra weight
- Sleeping on your side, instead of on your back
- Avoiding the use of alcohol and sedatives before bed
- Quitting smoking
- Using nasal strips, which widen the nostrils and improve airflow
During your first office visit, your doctor will examine all parts of your upper airway and assess which areas are contributing to your snoring. The soft palate is almost always involved in chronic snoring, but there may be other factors as well, such as blockage of the nasal airway, tonsils and adenoids.
A treatment plan addressing your specific anatomy may include lifestyle modifications, minimally invasive or sometimes surgical treatments. Only a full examination by our board certified ENT physicians can determine the treatment best for you.
If your soft palate is a factor, the Pillar Procedure may be an effective treatment option for you, because it stiffens the soft palate to reduce or eliminate the tissue vibration that can cause snoring. The Pillar Procedure can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or used in combination with other treatments and lifestyle changes to help patients stop snoring. More than 50,000 people worldwide have been treated with the Pillar Procedure. Atlanta Snoring Institute has been treating patients with the Pillar Procedure since 2006. We are the leading provider of the Pillar Procedure in Georgia.
Chronic snoring can even be a sign of a more serious health problem, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Snoring in children
In children, the most common causes of sleep apnea snoring is enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids, or nasal airway obstruction from an upper airway infection or allergies. Pediatric patients who have obstructive sleep apnea tend to respond very well to the removal of enlarged tonsils and adenoids. This can often be done as an outpatient procedure, depending on the age and health of your child.
Atlanta Snoring Institute is dedicated to the treatment of ADULT snoring and related conditions. Our physicians are Board-Certified Otolaryngologists and treat children for all ENT related conditions including snoring. Please visit our practice website www.ENTofGA.com for more information on treatment of children. We are happy to schedule an appointment at any of our practice offices for care of your child.
Take the first step towards a better night's sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Contact an Ear Nose Throat Specialist and schedule your consultation today!