Do your friends and family complain about sleeping nearby because of
your loud snoring? Snoring can happen to anyone, but when it becomes
a regular occurrence, it can be a sign of something more serious
happening. Not only does snoring affect your health, but it also
makes it difficult for those around you to get the sleep that they
also need to function. When snoring becomes a chronic problem, it’s
important to seek out help and learn how you can treat the issues
behind your snoring and start sleeping peacefully again.
Treating Your Snoring Problem
Before creating a treatment plan, your ENT doctor will first need to find out what may be causing your snoring in the first place. Depending on the severity of your snoring, your doctor may want to run sleep tests to find out what is happening while you sleep that could cause you to snore so aggressively.
From there, your doctor can help create a treatment plan that will reduce your snoring and make it easier for you and those around you to get a good night’s sleep. Your doctor might first recommend some lifestyle changes, like avoiding alcohol before bed, treating any nasal congestion, and not sleeping on your back.
Often, snoring can be caused by obstructive sleep apnea and should be treated immediately. This could be through oral appliances that help correct the position of your jaw and keep the air passageways open. You can also try a CPAP machine that will pump air through the airways to keep them open and eliminate snoring. In severe cases, you may need surgery to open up the upper airway and prevent narrowing during sleep.
Contact Your ENT Doctor Today
Find out how you can stop your snoring and start sleeping quietly again! Contact your ENT doctor at Austin Association of Otolaryngologists in Austin, TX, at (512) 328-4999 for more information.