Snoring Specialist

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Silenso Clinic

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

You might not realize you snore until someone else tells you about it. Snoring can indicate obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that restricts your breathing at night but is treatable with minimally invasive options at Silenso Clinic in San Diego, California. To book a home sleep test with Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS, and find treatment for your snoring, call Silenso Clinic, or schedule an appointment online today.

Snoring Q&A

What is snoring?

Snoring refers to the sounds that happen when you breathe during sleep. Not everyone snores, but those who do might have trouble getting the oxygen they need while sleeping. Snoring can also disrupt the sleep of others around you. 

Usually, snoring happens when the soft tissues in your throat relax, close in on each other, and vibrate together. You might also snore because of a deviated septum. In many cases, snoring is harmless and doesn’t require treatment. However, snoring is also a major symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a medical condition that requires treatment. 

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your breathing likely pauses intermittently while you sleep. While you might not notice this yourself, a partner can report unusual breathing patterns to you. Sleep apnea can also cause you to feel tired throughout the day due to a lack of adequate sleep and oxygen at night. 

How does home sleep testing work?

If you snore, your provider at Silenso Clinic might suggest taking part in home sleep testing. For the test, you take home WatchPAT™, a device that attaches to three different points on your body as you sleep. The device measures several parameters using the peripheral arterial signal, including your:

  • Heart rate
  • Oxygen levels
  • Body position
  • Snoring
  • Chest motion

When you return to Silenso Clinic, your provider downloads information about your sleep patterns within minutes. Using this information, they can determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea or other issues that need addressing to treat your snoring. 

What are my treatment options for snoring?

Snoring doesn’t always require treatment, especially if it's mild or only happens intermittently. Without clinical treatment, you might be able to avoid snoring by avoiding alcohol before bed, avoiding allergy triggers, or losing weight. 

If your provider at Silenso Clinic finds that you have obstructive sleep apnea, they might recommend minimally invasive surgery, nerve stimulation, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, or an oral appliance to improve your breathing at night. A custom oral appliance helps keep your airway open at night by moving your jaw forward, and surgery for a deviated septum can provide some snoring relief.

Elevoplasty® is a minimally invasive procedure to lift and stiffen the tissues at the very back of your mouth to reduce your snoring if it doesn’t come from obstructive sleep apnea. It uses absorbable sutures for a subtle but noticeable change in the structure of your palate. 

If you or your partner snores heavily every night, don’t hesitate to call Silenso Clinic for home sleep testing and treatment today. You may also book an appointment online.

 

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