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Snoring

Wellness and Surgery

Wellness Center located in Ardsley, NY

Snoring only happens when you’re sleeping, but its negative effects last through the day. Chronic snoring can also adversely affect your relationship with the person who shares your bed. Jonathan Arad, MD, Michelle Molina, MD, and the team at Wellness and Surgery diagnose and treat snoring at their office in Ardsley, New York, and at additional locations in New York and New Jersey. If disruptive snoring interferes with your sleep or any aspect of your life, call today or request an appointment online.

Snoring Q & A

What causes snoring?

Many factors can cause snoring, including chronic nasal congestion, alcohol overconsumption, and problems with your individual mouth anatomy.

In many cases, snoring is due to a disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea. This common medical condition occurs when your breathing stops and resumes again while you’re asleep. The pauses in breathing are due to a blockage in your upper airways.

Sleep apnea signs and symptoms include loud snoring and waking up in the middle of the night with a choking sound. You may also experience daytime sleepiness and wake up with a dry mouth or headache.

How does snoring affect my health?

Snoring can cause a host of physical and mental health problems, including:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Mood swings, including bouts of frustration and anger
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure
  • Higher risk of stroke
  • Increased risk of heart problems
  • Oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay

 

Failure to get enough sleep can also be a safety concern for people who need to be alert to drive or operate machinery. If your snoring happens because of obstructive sleep apnea, you could even be at risk for sudden cardiac death. 

How is snoring diagnosed?

First, the team at Wellness and Surgery reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. If they suspect sleep apnea, you may need a sleep study, which is a test that measures your breathing and heart rate while you sleep.

You don’t need to go to a hospital or spend the night at a sleep center to diagnose the cause of your snoring. The team at Wellness and Surgery offers insurance-covered, at-home sleep studies that test for sleep apnea in the comfort of your own home.

What are the treatment options for snoring?

The team at Wellness and Surgery creates an individualized treatment plan tailored to your particular needs.

If your snoring happens because of lifestyle choices, like drinking too much alcohol, some simple behavior changes may help. The team can recommend a variety of measures to improve your overall health, which can reduce snoring and its related effects. 

If your snoring occurs because of sleep apnea, a noninvasive treatment called oral appliance therapy can help. These devices keep your airway open during sleep and are just as effective as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines at treating sleep apnea.

For expert care of sleep difficulty, call Wellness and Surgery today or request an appointment online.