If you live with someone who snores, you may have had some unpleasant thoughts about the behavior, as you’ve lain awake with a pillow over your head. How can that person sleep through all the noise they’re creating? Why don’t they just stop once you’ve nudged them for the tenth time? Do they enjoy it? Do they simply not care how much the snorting and snuffling annoys everyone else?
The truth is, nobody snores on purpose.
Why do we snore?
The sounds are caused when the free flow of air (through the passages at the back of your mouth and nose) is obstructed.
Some people make all that racket only when they have a cold or when they sleep on their backs. Statistics show that about 45% of “normal” adults snore occasionally.
Constant snoring is more common in men and in people overweight. It can also get worse as we age. But for the estimated 25% of adults who snore habitually, or every time they fall asleep, the problem can be more serious than the noise.
Is snoring dangerous?
Most of us have now become aware of the many adverse medical effects of snoring, especially when it’s associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Loud, habitual snoring can cause everything from sleep deprivation and daytime drowsiness to lack of focus, confusion and irritability. People with OSA actually quit breathing for periods while they’re sleeping which can cause various health issues, from risk or heart attack to stroke.
Alleviating the problem
There are methods for putting an end to snoring, including:
- Behavior modification
- Sleep positioning
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
- Jaw adjustment techniques
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
- Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP)
LAUP at BALCSC
At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, we use Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty to treat snoring and mild OSA. In an outpatient setting under local anesthesia, we remove the excess, noise-causing tissue in the throat.
If snoring is disrupting your life, call us for an assessment:
Pinole (East Bay) Office (510) 724-8282
Larkspur (North Bay) Office (415) 461-5755