Snoring is a common side effect of sleep. It occurs when air flows past the relaxed tissues in your nose and throat, resulting in harsh noises. At NY Metro Sleep in the Bronx, New York, double-board-certified sleep medicine specialist Rajendra M. Rampersaud, MD, and his team provide various treatments for snoring. After an exam, they can determine the underlying cause and help you sleep better. Call the New York City-based office to request a snoring consultation today, or book online.
Snoring is the sound that occurs when air passes through the soft tissues in your nose and throat during sleep. It’s prevalent. In fact, 40% of adults snore occasionally, and 25% of adults snore regularly. If your partner periodically complains about you snoring, seek treatment. Sometimes, snoring indicates a more serious underlying health problem.
Symptoms of snoring include:
If you snore, you might also wake up with a sore throat or a dry mouth.
Make an appointment with the NY Metro Sleep team if you snore loudly or regularly wake up during sleep. That’s especially true if you make snorting or gasping sounds throughout the night. These signs indicate sleep apnea.
Almost everyone snores occasionally, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to snore if you have family members with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Your NY Metro Sleep provider reviews your health charts and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. They might also ask your partner about when and how often you snore to determine the severity of the problem.
Next, your provider completes a physical exam. They also order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, to look at your airways and the soft tissues in your nose and throat.
The team orders a sleep study if an exam doesn’t provide enough insight. A sleep study monitors your brain waves, blood oxygen level, heart rate, and eye and leg movements during sleep. It can determine the cause of your snoring and help guide treatment.
The NY Metro Sleep team typically treats snoring with healthy lifestyle changes. For example, losing weight, avoiding alcohol before bed, and sleeping on your side can make a significant difference.
If your snoring continues, the team might recommend a custom oral appliance, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or upper airway surgery to remove excess tissue at the back of your throat.
Call NY Metro Sleep to explore the treatment options for snoring today or book online.