Snoring Treatment
Los Angeles

Prevent Snoring & everyone sleeps easy

Snoring is the harsh sound you make while sleeping; it usually occurs because of tissue vibrations when air flows past the relaxed tissues in your throat. Most of us snore in our sleep once in a while, but some people suffer from chronic snoring. Chronic snoring may simply be a nuisance to a sleeping partner, but it can also indicate a serious underlying sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea.

Please contact our snoring doctor in Los Angeles at Tower Sleep Medicine if you suffer from chronic snoring or have been informed of excessive snoring by your sleep partner. We run advanced diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of your chronic snoring and tailor a treatment plan to address your unique sleep concerns.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pauses in your breathing during sleep.
  • Waking up with loud gasping sounds.
  • Intermittent periods of loud snoring.
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Inability to concentrate or focus during the day.
  • Sore throat when you wake up.
  • Restless sleep cycles.
  • Chest pain.
  • Headaches in the morning.

Causes of Snoring

  • A low, thick, and soft palate that narrows your airway while sleeping.
  • Overweight individuals generally have narrow airways prone to snoring.
  • An elongated uvula (the tissue hanging from the soft palate) can obstruct the airflow.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption before bedtime.
  • Sleeping on your back increases your risk of snoring.
  • Chronic nasal congestion due to a deviated septum.
  • Sleep deprivation.

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Long-Term Complications

  • Sleeping during the day.
  • Irritability, anxiety, and other behavioral problems.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Heart disease.
  • Stroke.
  • Diabetes.
  • Increased risk of vehicular accidents.
  • Mental health problems, such as depression.

Risk Factors

  • Being overweight.
  • Oral anatomy that narrows the airway.
  • Frequent alcohol consumption.
  • Family history of sleep apnea.
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Diabetes.
  • Men over 40.
  • Women over 50.

Diagnosing the Root Cause of Snoring

Your sleep specialist will review your medical history and current medications, discuss your symptoms, and conduct a physical examination to observe your nasal and oral cavities. During these tests and evaluations, our snoring doctor in Los Angeles will try to look for visible signs and symptoms of underlying sleep disorders possibly responsible for your snoring. After the initial round of tests, the doctor will ask you to schedule sleeping tests to determine if you’re truly suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Home Sleep Testing

Home sleep testing refers to a self-administered sleep test conducted in your home. The sleep doctor provides a portable home sleep test device that observes your sleep patterns to record your brain waves, blood oxygen level, heart rate, breathing rate, etc. The information from the home sleep test will later be analyzed by the sleep specialists to identify the root cause of your snoring.

In-Lab Sleep Study

Home sleep testing is usually the first phase in the sleep study. If the test results come back positive for OSA or if there are certain anomalies in your results, the doctors will ask you to stay overnight at our well-appointed and luxurious diagnostic sleep centers. At the sleep center, you’ll be hooked to various sensors that monitor your vitals and sleep patterns with greater accuracy than the home testing kit. The in-lab sleep study conclusively determines the root cause of your snoring.

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Treatments for Snoring or OSA

Our comprehensive diagnostic solutions allow us to curate the ideal treatment plan according to your unique needs and sleep concerns. If your snoring isn’t caused by underlying sleep apnea, we discuss certain lifestyle changes to reduce snoring. However, if you have underlying obstructive sleep apnea, we discuss all your treatment options to help you make an informed choice.

Lifestyle Changes for Snoring

  • Losing weight through exercise or BMI surgery.
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption at night.
  • Treating nasal congestion.
  • Sleeping on your side to breathe better.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.

Contact us today to diagnose and treat any snoring issues you or your partner are having.

Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): You wear a mask that delivers pressurized air into your airway to ensure it stays open in your sleep.
  • Oral Appliances: You wear a mouthpiece that repositions your jaws and tongue to keep your airway open.
  • Oral Surgery: If all else fails, you can opt for surgeries to modify the soft tissues in your throat to ensure your airway stays open while sleeping.
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