Posts for: June, 2015
The Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center estimates that approximately 30 percent of adults 30 and over snore when they sleep. Many people don’t even realize that they snore until someone complains about it. Whether you’ve been a snorer for a significant part of your adult life, or only recently discovered the problem, there is a snoring treatment available at the Norwalk office of Dr. Andrew J. Parker.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is usually causes by an obstruction in an air passageway that interrupts your breathing. The obstruction can be caused by the airway becoming narrower, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, too much nasal tissue or inflammation of the tissues in your throat. There are a few traits that predispose people to snoring:
- Being overweight.
- Getting older (the percentage of people who snore increases with age).
- Drinking alcohol or smoking.
- Sinus problems.
- Gender (males tend to have a higher predisposition to snoring).
Fix Snoring to Improve Your Health
Some people decide to live with snoring as a "fact of life," but going into your Norwalk ENT for a snoring treatment is a better choice for your health. For one, snoring can reduce the quality of your sleep, which negatively affects your mental and physical awareness. If you have it treated, you can enjoy a more relaxed sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed throughout your day. Snoring can also cause chronic headaches and put a strain on the heart that causes higher blood pressure readings.
There are a number of treatments available to patients who struggle with snoring. One treatment is called a pillar implant procedure. A series of small implants are placed in the soft palate at the back of the mouth. These implants help strengthen the tissue so that it doesn’t obstruct the airways. Another option is UPPP surgery, where tissue is removed or repositioned to reduce snoring.
Schedule a Snoring Consultation with Dr. Parker
Set up a consultation with Dr. Parker to decide which option is the best snoring treatment for your unique case. He and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with empathetic, caring and effective ear, nose and throat therapies. Call his Norwalk, CT office at 203-866-8121 to schedule a visit.