Don’t Be A Snore
- Posted on: Apr 30 2018
Just about everyone will snore at one point in their lives. Although the symphony of sounds that emerge from you or your loved one may disrupt a few peaceful nights, snoring is not always an issue that requires treatment. In some cases, though, snoring is a sign that someone is having problems breathing at night and may have sleep apnea.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring indicates that the airway is blocked either in the throat or nasal cavity. Those less-than-charming sounds at night may be caused by:
- Alcohol consumption
- Be extremely tired
- Sleeping position
- Being overweight
- Anatomical abnormalities
Most of these can be remedied with some lifestyle changes, but anatomical abnormalities require a medical approach.
The Nose Knows
Inside your nose is a complex network of cartilage and bone that helps clean and humidify the air that you breathe. When these structures develop properly, the air flows without resistance. Trauma and abnormal development cause a deviated septum that causes an irregular airflow. The soft palate of your mouth may also be the reason that you snore and suffer from sleep apnea.
No Need for Alternative Sleeping Arrangements
Before you decide to permanently reside on the couch to give your loved one a much-needed night of sleep, you do have an option for your sleep apnea and snoring. Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that modifies the interior structures of your nose. Dr. Petropoulos uses a technique that reduces discomfort and shortens the healing time compared to traditional nose surgeries. For men and women who have abnormalities of the soft palate, Dr. Petropoulos may recommend Somnoplasty®, minimally-invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to modify the tissues of the tongue.
Learn More About Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Contact Dr. Anna Petropoulos.
If snoring and sleep apnea keeps you from sleeping well, learn more about your treatment options. We also offer procedures to help with wrinkles, sagging eyelids, a drooping brow, excess fat and other common aesthetic concerns. To learn more, contact Dr. Anna Petropoulos today to schedule a consultation. You can contact our office in Danvers directly at (978) 739-9500.
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