Snoring is more than just a nuisance. At his offices in Midtown East, Manhattan, and East Hampton, New York, board-certified otolaryngologist Richard L. Nass, M.D., F.A.C.S., and his expert team know that snoring is often a telltale sign of an underlying problem. Loud snoring irritates the throat and leads to frequent sleep disruptions. If snoring is affecting your sleep quality, call Richard L. Nass, M.D., or schedule an appointment online now.
Snoring is a loud, raspy sound that comes from your throat during sleep. It happens when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses and partially blocks your airways. Snoring can range from a mild annoyance to a severe disturbance, particularly if you share a home. In many cases, snoring points to an underlying condition.
Several factors increase your chances of snoring, including lifestyle choices and underlying health conditions. Common risk factors and causes of snoring include:
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that causes multiple pauses in breath during sleep. Many individuals with sleep apnea experience hundreds of these pauses a night, resulting in poor sleep quality, headaches, daytime drowsiness, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Nasal problems, such as a deviated septum, sinus congestion, or a structural defect, can increase your chances of snoring.
Some individuals have a palate that sits low, while others have a thick soft palate. Those struggling with obesity are more likely to have these structural defects, which often result in extra tissue that blocks the airways.
The first step in treating snoring is diagnosing the problem. Dr. Nass must find out if an underlying condition is causing your snoring. After a comprehensive exam and review of your medical history, he may recommend a sleep study.
During a sleep study, Dr. Nass and his team monitor your vitals, heart function (EKG), and blood oxygen levels. They also record the number and length of abnormal breathing episodes and monitor your snoring and leg movements. This at-home sleep study means you don’t have to visit the lab for an overnight observation.
How Dr. Nass treats your snoring depends on the cause. He may recommend a combination of treatments to relieve your snoring symptoms. Common treatments for snoring include:
If you’re struggling with snoring, call Richard L. Nass, M.D., or schedule an appointment online today.