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Snoring

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Snoring

During sleep, the muscles that hold the airway open relax and decrease the opening diameter of the airway causing vibration of the surrounding structures and snoring.

Factors that may contribute to airway narrowing

  • Larger than normal tonsils;
  • Abnormally long soft palate;
  • Excess fatty tissue in obese subjects;
  • A lower jaw positioned towards the back;
  • A large tongue placed too far back will cause even greater airway narrowing if the patient sleeps on their back.

Snoring is often a benign condition that is mostly uncomfortable for loved ones. However, it can be a symptom of a much more serious disease: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a medical condition that affects 2 percent of women and 4 percent of men between the ages of 30 and 60. Sleep apnea should be diagnosed by a medical specialist, usually a pulmonologist who specializes in sleep.

Is your snoring a problem? Consult us. Our team will be able to give you the appropriate information and refer you to a specialist if needed.

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