Snoring

Snoring can cause a variety of mental and physical health issues. Fatigue, drowsiness, irritability, and low energy levels are all factors that can be impacted by snoring. In the most drastic cases, nightly snoring can cause high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Snoring can also have negative impacts on your relationship with your significant other. Research has shown that sleep deprivation can cause couples to feel less appreciative of each other. It can even cause couples to sleep in separate bedrooms.

We are the only practice in the Los Angeles area to combine all types of sleep and sinus specialties into one practice.

Anyone who has experienced an adverse impact from snoring is a candidate for treatment. Here are a few of the most common anatomical problems that cause snoring:

Nasal airways can become obstructed from a variety of reasons, including deviated septums, weak cartilage above the nostrils, nasal polyps, and large turbinates. All these issues lead to airflow obstruction and snoring. Additionally, chronic sinus infections cause congestion that can make nasal breathing difficult, if not impossible.

A uvula is a ball-like tissue that hangs from the soft palate in the back of your mouth. Turbulent air traveling from the nose can cause the uvula to expand, which narrows the opening from the nose to the throat and causes snoring.

While you are sleeping, your throat muscles relax and the tongue moves toward the back of the throat. This muscle movement can restrict lung airflow while sleeping. As we age, our muscles begin to relax further, which means a sleep apnea problem that was once mild can become moderate or severe as someone ages.

Bulky tissue in the throat is a common cause of snoring problems. This tissue can be caused by both the lingual and palatine tonsils, which are located at the base of the tongue and in the back of the mouth, respectively. Bulky throat tissue can also be caused when an individual is overweight.

Breathe Logic® is our office’s customized approach to alleviating the discomfort and issues that derive from snoring. We integrate the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of each patient’s unique health conditions in order to restore natural breathing patterns.

Non-invasive Treatments

  • Snoring mouthpieces
  • CPAP mask

Minimally Invasive Procedures for Obstructed Nasal Airways

  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Coblation turbinate reduction
  • Latera implant
  • Septoplasty

Minimally Invasive Procedures for Long Soft Palate and Uvula

  • Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
  • Palate coblation
  • Pillar

Minimally Invasive Procedures for Poor Muscle Tone in the Throat and Tongue, Along With Bulky Throat Tissue

  • Laser-assisted tonsil ablation
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Radiofrequency base of tongue ablation
  • Genioglossus advancement
  • Hyoid suspension
  • Orthognathic surgery

Sleep deprivation can cause plenty of behavioral changes, including irritability, fatigue, and drowsiness, just to name a few.

Our doctors will use our Breathe Logic® approach to diagnosing and treating your condition to ensure that you can return to your natural breathing rhythm while you sleep.

Each patient has a unique condition, but for some, non-invasive options like snoring mouthpieces or CPAP masks are an easy remedy.