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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea, you are likely to be a loud snorer. While not everyone with sleep apnea snores, it is more common. Other people snore regularly but do not have sleep apnea, but it can still impact their sleep and the sleep of others around them. Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions provides effective snoring and sleep apnea treatments at our sleep center in the Arlington, Falls Church and Alexandria, VA, area.

Snoring occurs when the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and throat vibrate as you breathe. A variety of issues can cause this – almost everyone snores from time to time. The soft palate contributes to snoring – some people have a lower or larger soft palate that increases the likelihood of snoring and sleep apnea. Other causes of snoring include:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Nasal obstruction or deviated septum
  • Sleep apnea
  • Allergies, colds or nasal congestion

Regardless of the cause of snoring, treatment to open the airway and lift the soft palate can reduce snoring. This can also improve sleep for the patient and anyone within earshot when they are sleeping.

Stop Snoring and Sleep Better

There are a few ways to stop snoring and improve your sleep. Oral appliance therapy is one of the most popular, non-invasive treatments we offer at Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions. This involves wearing an oral device when you sleep that shifts your jaw forward to open your airway. Oral appliances can reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms, allowing for better sleep. Various appliances can be used for this treatment without the intrusive masks or hoses that are used with CPAP machines.

Another option for snoring treatment is laser therapy. At Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions, we utilize NightLase®, a non-invasive treatment that tightens and lifts the soft palate tissues. This can reduce snoring by up to 50% and may assist in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Do You Snore?

If you snore regularly, you may not get the sleep quality you need for optimal health. You also may have sleep apnea, which can lead to serious health complications. If you snore, find the best way to get better sleep with a visit to Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions. We offer advanced options for treating sleep apnea and snoring at our Alexandria, Arlington and Falls Church, VA, clinic.

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