Risks & Treatments
Rest assured, snoring can be treated effectively.
Lots of people snore. An estimated 30 million Americans do—that’s approximately one in eight. Studies indicate that 45% of men and 30% of women snore on a regular basis. And most probably don’t think much about it until it disturbs a partner or family member. But there are reasons beyond keeping loved ones awake that should not be ignored.
Snoring a little better defined
In clinical terms, snoring is the most moderate manifestation of sleep-disordered breathing. It is considered an indication of the existence, or the beginning, of a sleep breathing disorder.
Generally speaking, snoring progressively worsens with age and with increases in body weight. The use of alcohol or sedatives can encourage snoring. There are also biological and genetic contributors like a family history of snoring and even the size of one’s neck. It’s true. Men with a neck circumference of more than 17 inches and women whose necks measure more than 16 inches are more prone to snoring and other sleep issues.
In any event, since snoring is a leading indicator for the development of more serious sleep breathing issues like sleep apnea, which in turn can promote heart disease, treatment may be in order.
Dr. Patel believes that simple choices can make significant difference in sleep quality and health. Avoiding alcohol and sedatives prior to sleep and maintaining a healthy body weight are two things that can help snoring. However, these steps and others may not be able to fully address the condition. Treatments like the Rescue® oral appliances prescribed by Dr. Patel fit comfortably in the mouth and prevent the partial airway obstruction that causes snoring.
A consultation with Dr. Patel can be the first step toward a better night’s sleep—for you and your loved ones.
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A consultation with Dr. Patel can be the first step toward a better night’s sleep—for you and your loved ones. Stop snoring. Call us today and get a better, and quieter, night's sleep.