WHAT CAUSES SNORING?

Snoring occurs when floppy tissue in the airway relaxes during sleep and vibrates.

Most snoring is caused by an enlarged soft palate and uvula in the back of the mouth, although the tongue, tonsils, adenoids and congested nasal passages can also contribute to the sound.

The level of snoring can be aggravated by excess weight, alcohol intake, smoking, allergies, use tranquilizers, and sleeping on the back.


IS SNORING DANGEROUS TO MY HEALTH?

Snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious disorder in which the snorer stops breathing several times an hour during sleep.

If you snore loudly, have frequent pauses in breathing while asleep, wake up gasping for air, suffer from sleepiness during the day, fall asleep easily during the day, there is a high probability that you suffer from sleep apnea.

Your ENT at the LONDON SNORING CENTRE, Dr Coudert , will perform a full examination to determine whether you are a « simple snorer» or if you have a more significant breathing disorder.

Either condition may be easily treated - simple snoring with the Somnoplasty procedure and obstructive sleep apnea by a variety of other approaches, dependent on the results of the overnight sleep test.


HOW WILL MY ENT INVESTIGATE MY SNORING?

If you are considering treatment for your snoring, it is essential to rule out obstructive sleep apnea.

A careful examination of your medical story will be done, your ENT at the LONDON SNORING CENTRE, Dr Coudert, will perform a full examination, and perhaps prescribe an overnight sleep test (silent night home testing system).

If you are approved for the Somnoplasty procedure and you elect to proceed, an appointment will be scheduled for the procedure itself.