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A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes snoring?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 38 years experience
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.
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Bad Vibrations: Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures usually the uvula and soft palate. The resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping, in some cases, the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be loud and unpleasant.
Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Many causes: Many factors can lead to snoring: the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight. If you wake up with unrefreshed sleep or doze off during the daytime, you may be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003207.htm
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Snoring definition: Snoring is the loud, rasping noise made by the vibration of the soft palate, uvula and unsupported structures in the airway during sleep. An examination may show a decreased space at the back of your mouth, where your throat begins. See a sleep specialist for evaluation and treatment options.

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A 25-year-old male asked:

Causes and treatment of snoring?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Collapsing throat: During sleep, the muscles in the neck relax and coalesce together, causing narrowing and sometimes blockage of the throat. Due to the narrower airway, snoring occurs. It usually is a manifestation of sleep apnea. Treatment is with a CPAP machine.
A 59-year-old male asked:

What causes snoring and how can it be cured?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 40 years experience
Vibrations in throat: It is usually caused by vibrations in the throat area. Possible cures include sleeping on your side, loosing weight, surgery, and an oral appliance. If the self help options don't work i would see a physician to rule out a life threatening condition called sleep apnea. If you don't have sleep apnea, then i would consider the other options.

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