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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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Snoring (Overview)

Snoring = a vibrating sound that occurs during sleep.


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Sleep apnea provent?

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Sleep apnea provent?

Provent: It's effective for certain situations but typically reserved when pap therapy and/or oral appliance therapy have failed. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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Snoring (Overview)

Snoring = a vibrating sound that occurs during sleep.


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What causes snoring?

What causes snoring?

Constriciton in flow: The audible soundof snoring is caused by a constrition of airflow, typically by tissues of the throat, uvulae, tongue, or somewhere in the airway. As we relax the muscles during sleep, the airway gets blocked, and the tissues flutter. Sometimes the airway gets completely blocked. This is called sleep apnea and can be quite serious. Talk to your md to determine if a sleep study is appropriate. ...Read more

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Treating Snoring (Checklist)

Sleep on an incline by elevating your headboard
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Try sleeping on your side
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See a tennis ball to the back of your shirt in the center
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Try an over-the-counter anti-snoring device
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Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition. ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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Is snoring always related to sleep apnea?

Good Question!: No, not always. However, those who snore loudly should be screened for sleep apnea with a detailed history and possibly a sleep study. Those who snore without sleep apnea do report that their sleep is better after treatment because their bed partner no longer has to kick, punch, pinch, etc while they are sleeping and everyone is happier after treatment :). ...Read more

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Can a deviated septum cause sleep apnea?

Can a deviated septum cause sleep apnea?

No: In sleep apnea, the obstruction blocking airflow is further down the throat. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a 7 month who sleeps 12 hours old snores through the night?

What does it mean when a 7 month who sleeps 12 hours old snores through the night?

Often nothing: Often nothing; however, children generally snore much less often than adults. And anyone who snores can have a problem as a cause. Things such as large tonsils and adenoids (similar tissue to tonsils in the back of the throat) or anything that obstructs the airway can result in snoring. Bad allergies, or nasal congestion can as well as children tend to breath through their noses.Anything symptoms? ...Read more

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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read more

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Ear, nose, and throat specialists are the doctors who treat snoring?

Sleep Specialist: You could talk to your ent, but you can also talk to your primary care physician about snoring. He/she may refer you to a board certified sleep specialist md to determine if your just have primary snoring, or a more complex problem called sleep apnea. You can then discuss your options for teatment. ...Read more

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Is obstructive sleep apnea curable?

Yes: CPAP will greatly help symptoms, this is a mask that applies a low level of air pressure to the airway keeping it from blocking during sleep and effectively treats sleep apnea. In most patients the sleep apnea is related to obesity. Weight loss will help and sometimes even cure the sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How can I treat on the back mild sleep apnea? I am female and normal weight. I snore very loudly and this disturbs my husband.

How can I treat on the back mild sleep apnea?  I am female and normal weight. I snore very loudly and this disturbs my husband.

Sleep Study: You should get a sleep study done either at a sleep study center(best) or have your doctor order at home sleep study (as long as it has some form of positional monitoring) to get an accurate diagnosis first. If no sleep apnea your dentist can fabricate a variety of oral devices that can help with your snoring. ...Read more

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How can snoring be treated?

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How can snoring be treated?

Snoring: Lose weight, quit smoking, sleep on your side, nasal sprays, nasal strips, seek professional help to explore the cause. ...Read more

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What is obstructed sleep apnea?

What is obstructed sleep apnea?

OSA: It is caused by obstruction of the upper airway either from excessive tissue, inflammation or closure of the trachea while sleeping. It is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. There are varying degrees of severity and is diagnosed with an overnight sleep study. ...Read more

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Symptoms if sleep apnea?

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Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Fatigue, snoring, daytime sleepiness, stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping- are a few symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, is frequently associated with increase level of hemoglobin and htn. Sleep study is indicated. CPAP will be the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop snoring?

What can I do to stop snoring?

Apnea?: If your overweight, losing weight can make a huge difference in your snoring and /or apnea. May need sleep study and CPAP to be able to rest in order to be able to lose weight ...Read more

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What are sleep apnea mouth guards?

MAD: Mandibular advancement devices (mad) - they pull the lower jaw forward to open of the lower airway and pull the tongue forward. They can be very effective - but see a sleep specialist who can fit you for one and monitor success. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for snoring?

What is the best treatment for snoring?

Snoring remedies: Avoid sleeping on your back ( sew a tennis ball into a pocket on the back of a t-shirt) lose weight see and ENT to be sure there aren't any nasal obstructions take medication for allergies use breathe rite strips have a dentist custom make an oral appliance. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea reversible?

Is sleep apnea reversible?

Yes: Sleep apnea can have a number of causes, from being overweight to septal deviations. It is best to be evaluated and see what your issues are. ...Read more

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Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Doesn't make sense: By definition, during sleep apnea you stop breathing. We all cycle during breathing, meaning there is a brief period when there is no in/out going on. To have sleep apnea the period of no in/out is extended & blood oxygen level may drop significantly. This is at least a confusion of diagnosis or labeling. A true sleep study with proper video & oxygen assessment could sort this out. ...Read more

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How could one cure snoring without surgery?

See below: Depends on what is causing the snoring. If there is sleep apnea, a dental device or positive airway pressure therapy may treat it. Maintaining an ideal weight, eradicating nasal congestion/obstruction, improving sleep hygiene, and avoiding alcohol at night may help as well (again depends on the cause). Please see a sleep doctor for evaluation and possible treatment. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is sleep apnea?

Not breathing: Apnea is breath-holding, or not breathing. Some people have periods of time they don't breath while they are asleep. Sometimes it is related to body weight, other times it is neurological. Treatment usually involves weight loss, mouthguards to reposition the mouth, or even cpap. If not treated, this can lead to lung/heart problems, chronic fatigue, weight gain, and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Cure of sleep apnea?

Cure of sleep apnea?

No cure: There is high failure rate of surgical procedures for sleep apnea. Best treatment is the CPAP mask adjusted to the right pressure. There are some that automatically adjust themselves for the best pressure. Need to get the most comfortable mask & less noisy machine .Complications of surgery include airway obstruction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, pain, death, dysphagia, velopharyngeal etc... ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of snoring permanently? I sport and have BMI 26. I would prefer an operation

What is the best way to get rid of snoring permanently? I sport and have BMI 26. I would prefer an operation

Snoring? Many Causes: One cause is nasal blockage due to deviated septum and enlarged turbinates, nasal allergies, or even nasal polyps (benign tissue growths inside the nose). Other woe could be in the palate, uvula, tongue, tonsils, a big jaw or lax throat muscles. You need to have a head and neck examination by an ent, a specialist expert in all areas of the nose and throat. You should be able to get help. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

Is sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

See ENT to evaluate : Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can inhibit airflow and thereby contribute to sleep apnea. See an ENT to evaluate these tissues as well as checking for nasal polyps and deviated septum. ...Read more

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Hi doctors In need of a drug to cure acute snoring,i am 25 and weigh 70.also is it normal to have pain during ovulation?

No pills: There is no drug to cure snoring, it is because of anatomy and blocking air flow when you relax and sleep. devices can help, oral appliances, CPAP and others,if the noise is signalling significant breathing problems with sleep. some surgeries exist, including a tonsillectomy when tonsils are very large. sometimes things as easy as different pillows, positioning, ...Read more

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Sleep apnea surgery results?

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Sleep apnea surgery results?

Depends: Outcomes depend on the procedure/combination of procedures, as well as the anatomy of the airway. Soft tissue surgery (on the palate, nose, etc) have roughly a 50-70% success rate. Jaw surgery, although a bit more drastic, has approximately a 90-95% success rate. Best to see a surgeon in your area trained in sleep surgery to discuss this at length and choose the right procedure for you. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea common?

Yes: It has been published that it affects 4% of men and 2% of women, but personally, i think it is much higher. Unfortunately, it has been given lower priority than other medical conditions. That is now changing as we are discovering that is is associated with considerable medical and psychiatric morbidity and even mortality. ...Read more

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Could mouth guard help with sleep apnea?

Could mouth guard help with sleep apnea?

Yes.: A special mouth guard is constructed by a sleep apnea dentist which pulls your lower jaw forward, enlarging your airway and improving the sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can psvt cause sleep apnea?

Can psvt cause sleep apnea?

No: Obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep. It is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Two-thirds of patients with osa are overweight and fatty infiltration of the neck and tongue may also contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. Rec. See sleep specialist for a sleep study (psg). ...Read more

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How can one prevent snoring?

How can one prevent snoring?

Give him a nudge: If he snores softly, intermittantly, and purrs quietly, he may only need a nudge to sleep on his side. But, if he is a loud or robust snorer, and especially if your hear him choke, gasp, or stop breathing, make sure he is seen for a sleep study. He may have sleep apnea which can contribute to serious health issues. Discuss this with your md. A CPAP machine or an oral appliance may be the answer. ...Read more

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My husbend is 34yeard old he frequently gets headache. And he snores alot. What is his problem and how can it be treated?

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Sleep study: Snoring, the noise that emanates from the soft tissues of the oropharyngeal walls during inspiration, can become a component of sleep apnea. The sleep study to rule out Obstructive Sleep Apnea is warranted. The simple MAD dental appliance may solve the problem if indicated. ...Read more

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How to get a child to stop snoring?

How to get a child to stop snoring?

Multiple causes: Snoring can be due to enlarged tonsils, adenoids, enlarged nasal turbinates, deviated nasal septum etc. Have your child be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Dad and brother snore. Is it genetics?

Dad and brother snore. Is it genetics?

Possibly, but...: It might be they are genetically "designed" similarly. Both may have enlarged tonsils, enlarged uvula, small airway spec, large tongue. To name a few. Possibly they are both overweight. Time for both to see their physicians for a complete evaluation and possibly a sleep study to help determine their problem. ...Read more

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I'm 32 years ago and skinny. However I have issue with loud snoring. I have quitted smoking and drinking. My dad also snores. Can this be inherited?

Sure: If you do not have an obstructed airway (very large tonsils, large uvula, large tongue) then an oral appliance (mouth guard that brings the lower jaw forward) will often prevent or reduce this problem. See a dentist or physician for evaluation & sleep study to determine if you also have apnea. ...Read more

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My 3 month old snores. Loudly. Is he ok? More risk for sids?

My 3 month old snores. Loudly. Is he ok? More risk for sids?

OK, no, but sids? no: Snoring could be a sign that large tonsils and adenoids are too big. Obstructive sleep apnea affects sleep, attention, energy and development, and over time can lead to heart damage. A sleep study should be performed to see if he is getting good oxygen into his lungs or if there are apnea issues. However, sids is an infant phenomenon for other reasons, not snoring. ...Read more

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Headaches every day snoring at night?

Headaches every day  snoring at night?

Sleep apnea?: Headaches and snoring can be symptoms of sleep apnea. There are ways to diagnose your sleep disorder. Consult your md and see if a sleep study may be in order. ...Read more

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My 4month old snores and wakes her self up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like i do? She also has reflux too

My 4month old snores and wakes her self up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like i do? She also has reflux too

Sleep Apnea: If your child even has 1 episode an hour of sleep apnea treatment is recommended. I would not wait at all, referral to have a sleep study in a children's hospital setting would be my first priority. ...Read more

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