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Snoring Treatments
Dr. Julian Dixon, MD - Chicago

Looking for Snoring Relief?

Snoring can be intermittent or habitual, soft or loud. Habitual snoring is nearly always a social problem for a bed partner. Snoring causes a reduction in the quantity and quality of sleep for the person snoring, people in the same bed, same room, and sometimes even the same house. Snoring relief could be one appointment away.

Quick Facts About Snoring

  • One in four people have a problem with chronic snoring and can’t stop snoring on their own
  • Chronic snoring can lead to strained relationships with bed partners and others sleeping near
  • On average, the bed partner of a snorer loses one hour of sleep each night
  • Sleep deprivation can make people irritable and resentful
  • Snoring can be a sign of a more serious health problem, called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Snoring can be improved or eliminated in most people with a simple well tolerated nasal surgery

Common Questions about Snoring Treatments

What causes snoring?

At night while you are sleeping, your body and muscles relax including those in and around your throat. This relaxation can cause loose or excess tissue in the upper airway to vibrate as air passes over them while breathing. These vibrations result in the noise we call snoring. Snoring can be caused by different areas in the airway including the nose, soft palate (roof of your mouth), uvula and/or the tonsils. Every person is different. FACE Chicago will work with you to determine the cause of your snoring and the snoring treatment that will work best for you.

What are symptoms of snoring?

Snorers and their bed partners may experience:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Low energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Decreased productivity
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sore throat
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Strained relationships

Snoring is more than a sound, it can also be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

How is snoring treated?

The first step in treating chronic snoring is to evaluate the nasal and mouth breathing anatomy. Any amount of nasal obstruction will contribute significantly to snoring, and consequently improvement of the nasal airway will often times greatly improve or eliminate snoring altogether.

Additional treatments may sometimes be necessary to completely eliminate snoring. These include tonsillectomy, UPPP or palatal reshaping surgery.

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