Snoring is a problem for many men and women. While some patients experience snoring every now and then due to a cold or pregnancy, others snore on a nightly basis. Snoring may be more than just a nuisance—it may actually be a sign of a sleeping disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. If patients are dealing with routine snoring and want to find a solution, they can work with a board-certified otolaryngologist at Daneshrad Clinic in Santa Monica and Torrance, California.
What causes snoring?
Snoring may be a result of several different concerns. It may be due to:
- Heavy consumption of alcohol
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Mouth or jaw abnormalities (TMD)
- Obesity (excess fat tissue in the back of the throat)
What problems can occur in conjunction with chronic snoring?
Patients who snore in their sleep may experience a variety of problems, including restless sleep, dry mouth, and a sore throat in the morning. It can also cause high blood pressure, and patient who experience sleep disruptions from their snoring may also experience problems with memory, concentration, and fatigue. If any of these symptoms persist, patients should be evaluated by a professional to determine the cause of the problem.
What treatment options are available for chronic snorers?
There are many treatment options for patients to consider to address their condition and improve their quality of sleep—and the quality of their bedpartner’s sleep as well! These may include:
- Weight loss
- Smoking cessation
- Changing sleep position
- Taking decongestant medication
- Using nasal strips or nasal dilators
- Wear correct mouthpieces
- Using a CPAP machine to open airways
In more serious situations, patients may be a candidate for corrective surgery.
Discuss your snoring concerns with Dr. Payam Daneshrad
If you live in the areas of Torrance and Santa Monica, CA and want to speak to a board-certified otolaryngologist about your condition, we encourage you to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team at Daneshrad Clinic. We have two convenient locations and can be reached at (310) 453-6500 to schedule an appointment at either practice. Our facility accepts new and current patients, and individuals can speak to our team about chronic snoring with a referral from their primary care physician.