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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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Snoring (Overview)

Snoring is an abnormal, loud, hoarse, or harsh breathing sound that occurs during sleep.


Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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What causes snoring?

Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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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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Snoring (Overview)

Snoring is an abnormal, loud, hoarse, or harsh breathing sound that occurs during sleep.


Dr. David May
Board Certified, Dentistry
25 years in practice
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What does it mean when a 7 month who sleeps 12 hours old snores through the night?

Dr. David May
Board Certified, Dentistry
25 years in practice
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What does it mean when a 7 month who sleeps 12 hours old snores through the night?

No sounds at night: Children should make no sounds when breathing at night. Please have your child checked out by your pediatrician or have them see a pediatric ent. ...Read more

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Treating Snoring (Checklist)

Sleep at an incline. A couple of 2x4's under the headboard can help.
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Try sleeping on your side
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Sew a tennis ball to the center of your pajama back
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Try an OTC anti-snoring device to see if it helps
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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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Ear, nose, and throat specialists are the doctors who treat snoring?

Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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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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Dr. Matthew Hyde
Board Certified, Dentistry
36 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Matthew Hyde
Board Certified, Dentistry
36 years in practice
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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.

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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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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How can snoring be treated?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Wyatt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
21 years in practice
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What can I do to stop snoring?

Dr. David Wyatt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
21 years in practice
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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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Dr. Mark Birnbach
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
43 years in practice
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What is the best treatment for snoring?

Dr. Mark Birnbach
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
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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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Dr. Adrienne Classen
Board Certified, Pediatrics
23 years in practice
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Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Dr. Adrienne Classen
Board Certified, Pediatrics
23 years in practice
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Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Adenotonsillectomy: First of all, make sure that the sleep apnea is confirmed with a sleep study. If your child does have sleep apnea, adenotonsillectomy (removal of the adenoids & tonsils surgically) is often curative in children. From NIH: "Adenotonsillectomy for OSA results in a dramatic improvement in respiratory parameters as measured by polysomnography in the majority of healthy children." ...Read more

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Dr. Hanul Bhandari
Board Certified, Sleep Medicine
8 years in practice
790K people helped
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How could one cure snoring without surgery?

Dr. Hanul Bhandari
Board Certified, Sleep Medicine
8 years in practice
790K people helped
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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