Snoring is a common problem. It affects people of all ages. However, if your snoring is loud or a nightly problem, it could be a symptom of a sleep disorder. No matter the cause, Chad Denman, DDS, and his team of sleep specialists at Sleep Cycle Center can diagnose and treat your snoring. Call the Austin or Lakeway, Texas, office today or schedule an appointment online. Telehealth appointments are also available.
Snoring is the often harsh sound you make when air flows through the relaxed tissues in your throat when you’re sleeping. If the tissues in the back of your throat relax, the airway can be partially blocked.
These relaxed tissues bump into each other and vibrate when you breathe in, causing a snorting or rattling sound.
You should get help for your snoring from Sleep Cycle Center team if it’s chronic and loud. Chronic snoring raises your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Snoring can also be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
OSA is a sleep disorder that disrupts normal breathing while you sleep. People with OSA stop and restart breathing 5-100 or more times every hour while they sleep. Loud snoring is one of the early symptoms of OSA.
Sleep Cycle Center team also recommends scheduling a consultation if your snoring affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Without adequate sleep, you can feel exhausted and irritable during the day.
The sleep specialists at Sleep Cycle Center first have you complete a health screening. This health screening confirms or rules out if your snoring is being caused by OSA.
After the screening, you meet with your provider, who reviews your symptoms and medical history. They ask about your diet and lifestyle habits.
The team might recommend a home sleep study to better understand your snoring and sleep. The practice uses the innovative WatchPAT® One home sleep test by Itamar™ Medical.
This home sleep study provides accurate sleep data, allowing the team to better understand the cause of your snoring.
Sleep Cycle Center offers many treatments for snoring. How your snoring is treated will depend on its underlying cause. Treatments include:
Oral appliance therapy is a device you wear in your mouth while sleeping. This device moves your jaw forward, preventing the tissues in the back of your throat from relaxing.
During laser treatment, your provider uses a laser tool that tightens the tissues in the back of your throat, opening up the area and improving airflow.
In some cases, the team will recommend surgery to open up the airway in the back of your throat.
To get help for your snoring, call Sleep Cycle Center today or schedule an appointment with the sleep specialists online.