Snoring Therapy on the Upper East Side

Minoli & Vijay provide snoring therapy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Call 212-888-4140 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Why Do I Snore?

Snoring is caused by a narrowing or blocking of the airway. In other words, there is an obstruction that is creating the hoarse, harsh sound when you breathe while asleep. The disruption of airflow causes the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring becomes.

Common Causes of Snoring

Snoring is common, and as such, certain common causes are typically to blame for being a noisy sleeper. These include:

  • Inflammation of the soft tissues in the mouth nose or throat
  • Enlarged tonsils, tongue, or adenoids
  • Congestion from a cold, allergies, sinus infection, respiratory infection
  • Decreased  muscle tone (due to aging or poor fitness levels)
  • Obesity which puts pressure on soft tissues
  • Medicines that cause relaxation
  • Alcohol use
  • Pregnancy hormones which cause inflammation

Risk Factors for Snoring

Men, women, and children may all snore, although it is found most often in men over the age of 50 who are overweight or obese.  However, other risk factors may make you more likely to snore. These include:

  • Age: As muscle tone decreases airways constrict
  • Alcohol Use: Alcohol relaxes muscles, leading to a restricted airflow
  • Biological Sex:  Men are more likely than women to snore
  • Medications: Sedatives and relaxants lead to relaxed muscles
  • Heredity: Snoring runs in families
  • Health: You’re more likely to snore if you’re sick, or suffer from seasonal allergies
  • Pregnancy: Added weight and hormonal changes make you more likely to snore
  • Weight: Overweight and obese individuals are more likely to snore
  • Anatomy: The size of your soft palate, adenoids, tongue, and tonsils can cause snoring

Is Snoring a Symptom of Health Problems?

Snoring is the leading symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, which can lead to a variety of serious health problems. Obstructive sleep apnea causes an interruption in breathing while asleep due to a blockage in the airway. This can cause many serious and chronic conditions including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Enlarged heart
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes

Non-Surgical Treatments for Snoring in Manhattan

Fortunately, there are a variety of nonsurgical treatments and therapies that can help you to stop snoring. Lifestyle changes, such as eliminating alcohol consumption, and losing weight may help. If you suffer from seasonal allergies (hay fever, for example), decongestant medications may also help you to stop snoring.

Oral appliances from Minoli & Vijay can also help to keep your airway open while sleeping so that you don’t snore.

Call 212-888-4140 to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring

Is occasional snoring normal?

Yes. Occasional snoring is perfectly normal. Snoring should be treated when it is causing problems with your loved ones’ ability to sleep, or if you are finding yourself chronically fatigued after a full night’s sleep.

Is snoring dangerous?

Snoring from time to time isn’t necessarily dangerous. However, snoring can be a symptom of a dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea. You should see a dentist experienced in snoring therapy for help opening the airway when you sleep.

How do I know if I snore?

Many times, a family member or roommate will be the first to tell you that you snore. However, other signs that you’re snoring may include feeling tired after a full night of sleep, headaches in the morning, sleepiness during the day, and irritability.

What can I do to stop snoring naturally?

If you smoke, quit smoking. Avoid alcohol near bedtime. If you are overweight, losing weight may also help. You may also try nasal strips, or see a dentist for an oral appliance that will keep your airway open.

How can a dentist help me with snoring?

If your snoring is affecting your roommate or family, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist who provides snoring therapy. Oftentimes, the best treatment is to begin using an oral appliance, similar to a mouthguard, when you sleep. The guard will gently move your jaw to open up the airway, by preventing obstruction from soft tissues.

Call 212-888-4140 to schedule an appointment.