Many things can contribute to snoring and sleep apnea, and each patient’s circumstances are unique. That’s why the Krueger Sleep & Sinus Clinic offers a range of minimally invasive treatments. Dr. Krueger is committed to working with each patient to choose the treatment options that best meet their needs.
Our mission is to educate our patients about all of the available options, their costs, benefits and success rates before developing a treatment plan. Once a treatment plan is established, many patients are treated the same day—often in less than 20 minutes.
Problem snoring is more frequent in men and those who are overweight and it often worsens with age. Nasal allergies, heartburn and other factors can also contribute to problem snoring.
New studies have shown that habitual snoring, even without sleep apnea, can increase your chances of stroke and premature death. So, even “simple snoring” should be evaluated and treated whenever possible.
Causes of Snoring
Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This obstruction causes turbulent air flow which produces vibrations of the soft tissue. Snoring is the sound generated from this vibration.
Many people with snoring related disorders are inefficient, irritable and overly tired during the day.
A number of factors may contribute to snoring, including:
- The anatomy of your mouth. A thickened or floppy soft palate or an elongated uvula can narrow your airway and obstruct airflow. Enlarged tonsils or a large tongue base may also cause blockages. These symptoms can often be remedied through minimally-invasive treatments.
- Nasal congestion. Nasal congestion caused by allergies or a deviated septum can also obstruct your breathing.
- Being overweight. Extra mass in the neck and throat can narrow the airway, making it harder to breathe clearly.
- Alcohol consumption. Alcohol before bedtime further relaxes muscles in the throat, making obstruction and snoring more likely.
Snoring can cause embarrassment and disrupt the sleep of loved ones. It can place strain on relationships while driving spouses to sleep separately from their partner. But snoring is also a medical issue, disrupting sleep patterns and depriving the snorer of appropriate rest.
Problem snorers and their sleep partners may also experience:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Sore throat
- Relationship problems
- Restless sleep
- Trouble concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Gasping or choking during sleep
Hi Dr. Krueger,
I just wanted to let you know that the deviated septum surgery and Pillar implants are starting to show positive results with my snoring and apnea. It is getting better each day. Here is a screen shot of my SnoreLab app results from last night. Thank you for your wonderful care! – AW