A board-certified sleep physician, Dr. John Krehlik has treated numerous patients who present with snoring. Dr. John Krehlik uses a comprehensive evaluation procedure to determine the root cause of the symptom and work toward eliminating its effects.
An inconvenient and often dangerous issue, snoring affects up to 45 percent of adults in the United States. Although some perceive it as a simple annoyance, it signals an obstruction to the airway during sleep. The sound that bedmates and roommates hear is the vibrating of the tongue and upper throat against the soft palate and uvula as the airway closes and opens again. The cause of this collapse can range from a stuffed nose to a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea causes the upper airway to narrow and collapse multiple times during sleep. When the airway closes entirely, the patient wakes abruptly and begins to breathe again. Though he or she does not notice the episode, it can happen up to 300 times per night and lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep testing can determine whether a snoring patient suffers from obstructive sleep apnea or from one of snoring’s more structurally based causes, such as a deviated septum or excess soft tissue at the neck and throat.