Snoring Treatment in Baltimore, MD
According to The American Academy of Otolaryngology, about 45 percent of adults snore occasionally. Though snoring can affect anyone, it is most common in men and people who are overweight. Snoring once in a while is perfectly normal, but snoring on a regular basis can disrupt both your sleep patterns and the sleep patterns of those around you.
You don’t have to live with chronic snoring. For patients in the Baltimore area, the sleep specialists with Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Towson or Bel Air. Give us a call at (410) 832-3400 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused when air cannot flow through the back of the throat and the nose freely. The obstruction causes the noisy, vibrating sounds of snoring. The airflow can be obstructed for a variety of reasons, such as:
- The Anatomy of your Mouth – Anatomical reasons, such as a low palate, poor muscle tone in the throat, poor muscle tone in the tongue, and narrow airways can cause snoring.
- Obstruction of Nasal Airways – About 20 percent of people who snore only snore during allergy seasons or when they have a cold or sinus infection. Having a deviated septum or nasal polyps can also cause the nasal airway to have an obstruction.
- Alcohol Consumption – Drinking alcohol before sleep can relax your throat muscles and decrease your defenses against airway obstruction.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea – OSA is the most serious cause of snoring. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is when airway obstruction during sleep results in short periods of time where the snorer stops breathing. OSA is often linked to sleep deprivation, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, and high blood pressure.
To treat snoring, an ENT doctor may recommend the following options:
- Mouthpieces – Oral appliances help advance the position of the tongue and soft palate to keep the air passage open.
- Continuous positive airway pressure – CPAP is an approach the involves wearing a pressurized mask over the nose while sleeping. The mask is attached to a pump that forces air through your airway. CPAP is a treatment for both snoring and sleep apnea.
- Pillar procedure – In this procedure, doctors inject polyester filament into your soft palate. This stiffens the soft palate and reduces snoring substantially.
- Nasal strips – Nasal strips help increase the area of the nasal passage.
Schedule a Snoring Consultation
The team of sleep specialists at Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore are all board-certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and have extensive experience treating the causes of snoring. If chronic snoring is negatively impacting your life, you shouldn’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Give our office a call at (410) 832-3400 or request an appointment through our secure online form. The sleep specialists at PCCAB see patients with sleeping problems from Baltimore, Towson, Owings Mills, Bel Air, Timonium, Parkville, and the surrounding area.