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Snoring/Sleep Disorders

You and your partner deserve to get better rest.

Snoring and sleep apnea are related medical conditions that will affect many people at some point in their lives. Our physicians commonly diagnose and treat both conditions.


Snoring is the sound generated during sleep by the vibration of loose tissue in the upper airway.  Snoring is usually disturbing to the bed partner but does not lead to health problems for the snorer.  Sleep apnea is severe snoring defined as the cessation of breathing/air flow for more than 10 seconds during sleep.  Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can lead to major health problems, and therefore requires treatment.


Snoring in children

Snoring in children is most commonly due to large tonsils and adenoids.  It can also be caused by nasal airway obstruction due to allergies or an upper respiratory infection.  Sleep apnea in a child is usually diagnosed by the parents or caregiver who notices pauses in breathing during snoring.  If snoring/sleep apnea is due to enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids, a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is usually curative.  Our physicians can discuss your child's condition, and decide what is the best treatment option.


Snoring in Adults

Snoring in adults can have multiple causes.  It is important to distinguish between snoring and sleep apnea, as the latter can have serious health consequences.  An overnight sleep study is usually required to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in adults.


If you are diagnosed with primary snoring, multiple treatment options are available including lifestyle modifications, nasal medications, and surgical procedures. 


If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the initial treatment is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).  For those patients who cannot tolerate CPAP, we offer various surgical procedures. 


At your visit, our physicians will discuss your sleep disorder and perform a thorough physical exam of the airway to determine what may be causing the obstruction.  Our physicians can then decide on a treatment plan to help you and your spouse get the sleep you deserve.