Snoring is a common problem, with estimates that 45 percent of adults snore occasionally and 25 percent of adults snore habitually. If you are keeping yourself–or your partner–awake with your snoring, you should know there is treatment for snoring.
More than 300 devices are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as cures for snoring. Some are variations on the old idea of sewing a sock that holds a tennis ball on the pajama back to force the snorer to sleep on his side. More modern devices reposition the lower jaw forward; some open nasal air passages; a few others have been designed to condition a person not to snore by producing unpleasant stimuli when snoring occurs.
But regardless of the device you might try, you really have no control over your snoring at all.
Snoring can indeed be a serious problem. It disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of appropriate rest. When snoring is severe, it can cause serious, long-term health problems, including obstructive sleep apnea.
Heavy snorers, those who snore in any position or are disruptive to the family, should seek medical advice to ensure that sleep apnea is not a problem. An otolaryngologist in Atlanta will provide a thorough examination of the nose, mouth, throat, palate, and neck. A sleep study in a laboratory environment may be necessary to determine how serious the snoring is and what effects it has on the snorer’s health and help you stop snoring.
Remember, snoring means obstructed breathing, and obstruction can be serious. To get started on diagnosing your snoring issues and treating them, please give us a call at any of our Atlanta offices in the area, including Lawrenceville and Alpharetta.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.