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Causes and treatment of snoring?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 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.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Snoring remedies: . Sleeping on one's back is one of the primary causes of snoring because the jaw and tongue drop back blocking the airway. Wearing a t shirt with a tennis ball sewed into a pocket on the back will keep you from this position. If overweight, losing weight can also help because the tongue decreases in size too. See an ENT to make sure there aren't any airway obstructions. Wear breathe rite strips.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes snoring?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 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.

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