Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe. Snoring is a common problem faced by almost everyone at one or another time in their lives. In some cases, it is acute & unbearable.
The vibration of the soft palate (the soft tissue that forms the roof of the oral cavity) during sleep is known as snoring. Treatment usually involves reshaping of the palate & uvula.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused by the rattling and vibration of tissues near the airway in the back of the throat. During sleep, the muscles loosen, narrowing the airway, and as we inhale and exhale, the moving air causes the tissue to flutter and make a noise like a flag in a breeze.
Some people are more prone to snoring because of the size and shape of the muscle and tissues in their Neck. In other cases, excess relaxing of the tissue or narrowing of the airway can lead to snoring. Examples of risk factors that contribute to a higher risk of snoring include:
Use of sedative medications
Chronic nasal congestion
Large tonsils, tongue, or soft palate
Deviated septum5 or nasal polyps
A jaw that is small or set-back
Though people of any age, including children, can snore, it is more common in older people. Men snore more often than women.
When Should You See a Doctor About Snoring?
Many instances of snoring are benign, but it’s important to talk with a doctor if there are signs of potential sleep apnea:
Snoring that occurs three or more times per week
Very loud or bothersome snoring
Snoring with gasping, choking, or snorting sounds
Obesity or recent weight gain
Morning headaches and congestion
If you have noticed any of these signs, it’s important to address the issue with a doctor who can determine if additional testing or treatment is necessary.
MAA E.N.T. helps you lead a snore-free life with the coblation technique. The surgery is conducted with a plasma knife. It is almost bloodless and less painful. Within 6 weeks of surgery, most patients experience a reduction in the severity of snoring.