The upper airway holds the keys to causing (or preventing) snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructions can exist from the tip of your nose, through the nasal airway/sinuses and can even occur at the back of your throat. Blockage or obstruction at any area along this route can lead to snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring sufferers understand the toll that chronic snoring can take on an entire household. Not only can snoring be causing you and your spouse to lose sleep, but it may be linked to a much more dangerous issue.
Snoring is caused by your airway being blocked. This blockage of the airway may be costing you much more than just aggravation. Many patients are not aware that other symptoms they may be experiencing can be directly related to snoring.
Many snoring sufferers do not realize that their snoring may be caused by a much more serious condition. Your snoring may be the result of OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea may be the cause of your snoring. OSA is a serious and possibly life altering condition that causes a periodic pause in breathing while sleeping. If undiagnosed and untreated, OSA can contribute to health conditions such as:
Nasal breathing provides benefits including warming and filtering the air as we breathe in. But the benefits of nasal breathing extend well beyond this. As we breathe through our nose:
The muscles in our throat will pull tight while simultaneously pulling the tongue forward. This causes our throat to become larger allowing even more airflow in.
It is this same mechanism that can help prevent snoring by opening the nasal airway.
In addition, we are able to pull nitric oxide into the nasal airway from the sinuses. Nitric oxide is a chemical produced by the sinuses.
This chemical is responsible for opening blood vessels (vasodilation) which allows oxygen delivery to come to the tissues of our body. This also reduces blood pressure through the same mechanism. Breathing through our nose is what brings the nitric oxide from the sinuses into our blood by traveling into the lungs.
There are several places where the airway may be blocked that could be contributing or causing your snoring. Our team will examine your condition and determine which areas are contributing to your snoring.
At Exhale Sinus, we specialize in a number of snoring solutions that can provide many sufferers relief. For patients that qualify, there are minimally invasive options, like the Vivaer procedure, that can offer snoring relief.
We also offer acupuncture treatments specifically for sleep apnea. Manual acupuncture and electro-acupuncture efficacy have been confirmed in studies to improve the apnea hypopnea index (AHI) as well as increasing the saturated oxygen levels in the blood.
Snoring may be taking a larger toll on your quality of life than you realize. Stop kicking your spouse out of the bedroom, feeling tired, and dealing with other symptoms of chronic snoring.
It is time to find relief. Patients who are ready to find snoring relief should make an appointment with Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center.