The Snoring Epidemic and Solutions
While the Covid-19 pandemic proceeds and as more people are huddled at home, the snoring epidemic is gradually coming to light. Some estimates suggest that up to 40% of the population may snore at some point in their lives. Snoring is a nuisance for both the snorer as it reduces sleep quality and also interrupts the snorer’s partner’s sleep. It is even more problematic in those have obstructive sleep apnea with snoring.
Obstructive Sleep apnea is a medical term for stoppage or pauses in breathing during sleep. Snoring and sleep apnea risks are higher in obese or overweight individuals and the disease is associated with increasing risks of cardiac disease, stroke or heart attack, worsening diabetes and day time sleepiness, fatigue and possible accidents. Snoring may be of three types, that which emanates from nasal source, that which comes from the soft palate or that which arises from the back of the tongue or tonsils. It may arise from one or all three locations.
An ENT-trained Sleep specialist such as Dr. Khetarpal is your best resource for providing solutions for these conditions. Snoring, when not associated with obstructive sleep apnea, is called primary snoring. There are many in office procedures that can help with snoring including the Latera R procedure, radio frequency treatment of the nasal valve, turbinates, soft palate or tongue. Injection of certain reagents into the soft palate can help stiffen the soft palate and reduce the vibrations/snoring. An oral appliance device may also be beneficial in selected individuals.
Please contact us now if you would like to improve your snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. There is no reason to continue with this insidious “silent” killer and delay improvement and reduce your risk of hypertension, heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.