Snoring is caused by the vibration of the throat walls during sleep, secondary to narrowing of the airways. This could occur in different ways:
1. Partially blocked nasal passages due to sinus infection, deviated septum, or nasal polyps.
2. Relaxation of the muscles of the throat and tongue, partially collapsing the airway. This muscle relaxation may be worsened with alcohol, smedications and age.
3. Enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids
4. Elongated soft palate and uvula, narrowing the structure of the throat causing snoring.
The Sioux Falls Sleep Center offers The Sioux Falls Snoring Clinic, the clinic focuses on helping you identify the causes of snoring and choosing the treatment that is best for you. A multitude of treatments are available, they may include nasal or oral devices, surgery, or airway devices. Snoring may be a strong indicator of sleep apnea, which is when the collapse of the airways is severe enough to interrupt the flow of air. We can identify benign snoring or forms that can carry the risk of life threatening illnesses, and guide through treatment options.