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The sound we call snoring happens when the nose and throat passages that move in and out of the lungs are narrowed or, in medical terms, constricted. There can be a number of reasons for this constriction. Some, such as nasal congestion, swelling of the throat tissues due to allergies, and weight gain, can be controlled, while others. such as deviated septum or having a large soft palate are more permanent causes of snoring.

The way you sleep and the things you do before bed can also lead to snoring. Sleeping on the back rather than the side is a well-known cause os snoring, as is the consumption of alcohol or a large, fatty meal before bedtime.

Loud snorers have a:

  • 67% greater likelihood of a stroke
  • 40% greater likelihood of hypertension (high blood pressure}
  • 34% greater likelihood of a heart attack over those who do not snore

Driver with Sleep ApneaSometimes, snoring can be reduced or eliminated through lifestyle changes. If not, the field of dental sleep medicine can provide options in the form of mouthguard-like devices that are worn during sleep to help keep the airway open, and to prevent the tongue from falling backward and constricting or blocking the airway.

Dr. Doueck can discuss this option with you and explain how these devices work in more detail.

In some cases, snoring may be an indicator of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. If you suspect this to be the case, you should seek the help of sleep medicine professionals such as Dr. Doueck to determine the severity of your condition.

 
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