Snoring

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Snoring

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, making it a widespread condition.

 

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 even the same house.

 

Quick Facts About Snoring

  • One in four people have a problem with chronic snoring and can’t stop snoring on their own
  • Chronic snoring can lead to strained relationships with bed partners and others sleeping near
  • On average, the bed partner of a snorer loses one hour of sleep each night
  • Sleep deprivation can make people irritable and resentful
  • Snoring can be a sign of a more serious health problem, called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Snoring can be improved or eliminated in most people with simple, in-office procedures

 

What causes snoring?

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 them while breathing. These vibrations result in the noise we call snoring.

 

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 snoring treatment that will work best for you.

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What are the symptoms of snoring?

Snorers and their bed partners may experience:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Low energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Decreased productivity
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sore throat
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Strained relationships

Snoring is more than a sound, it can also be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea.

 

How is snoring treated?

Atlanta Snoring Institute can treat your snoring with simple in-office procedures often performed in less than 30 minutes, allowing you to return to work right away. These procedures are effective at reducing or eliminating snoring in most patients.

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Snoring in Children

In children, the most common causes of sleep apnea snoring are 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 primarily to the treatment of snoring and related conditions in adults. However, our physicians are board-certified otolaryngologists who also 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 locations for care of your child.

Take our Snore Quiz to determine if snoring is affecting the quality of your life and relationships.

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