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Snoring: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

The vibration of the respiratory structures and the resulting sound caused due to the obstruction in air movement during breathing while sleeping is called snoring. Snoring can be soft or loud and unpleasant. The main cause for snoring is the physical obstruction of the air flow through the nose and mouth.

Although snoring is a very common condition, many people think that it’s a condition that cannot be treated or will get treated on its own. However, there are a number of treatments for snoring depending on your condition and sleeping pattern. Decongestants are the most common medicine available in the market. Another common treatment is using nasal strips or external nasal dilator. A deviated septum, both natural and caused by injury, can also cause snoring. Surgery can be performed to correct the misalignment of the wall to treat this condition. You can also use oral appliances called dental mouthpiece which helps in keeping your air passage open. CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machine is a pressurized mask that is also used to keep your airway open during sleep. Palatal implants and radio frequency tissue ablation (somnoplasty) are also used in some very rare cases. UPPP or uvulaplatopharyngoplasty that can also be laser assisted (LAUPPP) is a type of surgery that is also used to reduce snoring.

How is the treatment done?

Decongestants are the most common and the first line of defense against snoring. It comes in both liquid and tablet which can be use as drop or can be taken orally. Nasal strip or external nasal dilators are adhesive bandages that are applied on top of the nose across the nostrils to increase the space in nasal passage. A simple surgery can help correct the deviated septum to treat the condition. Oral appliances or dental mouthpiece are also made according to the face structure that helps in keeping your air passage open. CPAP are pressurized masks that you can wear over your nose while sleeping. CPAP helps in keeping your airway open and is most often used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Wearing palatal implants also called the pillar procedure are done by injecting braided strands of polyester filament into the soft palate of your mouth which stiffens and reduce snoring. Somnoplasty is done to reduce the tissue on your soft palate by using low intensity radio waves. UPPP is a surgery that is done to tighten your throat tissue which in turn reduces snoring. UPPP or uvulaplatopharyngoplasty can also be done by laser. The laser assisted uvulaplatopharyngoplasty is called LAUPPP.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Snoring is very common condition and can develop at any age due to a number of reasons. If you are experiencing loud and unpleasant snoring everyday then you must consult a doctor for treatment. Although snoring is treated as a minor condition but it can lead to other serious health issues such as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your snoring is not persistent and is due to some underlying condition such as allergies then you are not eligible to take medications for snoring. Excessive workload, alchohol, smoking and sleep inducing pills can also cause snoring but temporarily.

Are there any side effects?

Decongestants used to cure snoring has almost no side effects. As for other mode of treatment such as dental mouthpiece, nasal dilator and CPAP that does not involve surgery are also very safe and have no possible side effects. As for surgical procedure such as somnoplasty, palatal implants, UPPP and LAUPPP there are some possible side effects that last for some days. Some of the most common side effects are bleeding from the surgical site, difficulty in swallowing, talking and breathing, uneasiness in mouth and affected area, sore throat and itchiness. These side effects don’t last for more than a couple of weeks.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The post treatment guidelines remains the same as for any surgical procedure. You should have total and complete rest along with a balanced and healthy diet. Along with that you should also avoid dust, talking for a long time, eating boiled foods and sleeping while keeping your head in an elevated position.

How long does it take to recover?

It totally depends on your condition and the mode of treatment. Some minor surgeries will only take a day before you are back to normal. While some complicated conditions and surgeries can take 2 to 3 months to recover. In some very extreme cases, the recovery time can also go up to 6 months.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of treatment in India depends on various factors such as your condition, your mode of treatment and the place you are living in. Medicines start at INR 100 and can go up to INR 400. As for complicated surgeries, I can range anywhere between INR 200000 to INR 400000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The result of the treatment are mostly permanent. However in some cases there are chances of the condition developing again.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Homeopathy had several medications that can be used as an alternative for treating snoring. Some of the most common homeopathic medicines are Opium, Lemma minor, China, Kali sulph and nux vomica. Ayurvedic or herbal treatment can also be used for treating snoring. Some of the most effective herbal medications are ginger, honey, amla, wild yam and lemon.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Low Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs 100 - Rs 400000.

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Sleep Apnea - Know The Common Signs Of It!

ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Sleep Apnea - Know The Common Signs Of It!

Sleep apnoea is a kind of disease that can affect people of any age and is basically a kind of sleep disorder. The person suffering from sleep apnoea may feel extremely tired and fatigued even after having a full night’s sleep and his snoring may become extremely loud which is again a serious problem.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?

  • There can be many cases where the symptoms of central sleep apnoea and complex sleep apnoea may be overlapping which makes it a bit difficult to get diagnosed properly. But, there are certain very basic symptoms of sleep apnoea.
  • Very loud snoring is a basic characteristic of patients with sleep apnoea.
  • The patient may suffer from regular episodes of cessation when they are sleeping as might be pointed out by other people.
  • The patient may awaken from sleep regularly due to shortness of breath and problems in the sleeping order.
  • The patient suffering from sleep apnoea may wake up from sleep with a very dry mouth and or a sore throat.
  • The patient may suffer from a bad headache often and in many unfortunate cases, the patients may also suffer from insomnia which is the problem of sleeplessness.
  • Patients of sleep apnoea suffer from intense problems of irritability and bouts of morning sleepiness.
  • Shortness of breath may intensify in a patient so much so that the person may get awakened from sleep gasping for air as if choking.
  • Excessive bouts of daytime sleeping may cause a person to perform very poorly in his work as well.

It is at these times when a patient should immediately consult a doctor for a proper treatment and further solution to this problem.

Causes of sleep apnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea is caused when the muscle in our throat starts relaxing. It is this muscle that gives support to the triangular piece of tissue that hangs from the uvula which is the soft palate and the side walls of the tongue. Basically, when this muscle relaxes, the airways in the body gets narrowed as a result of which the blood does not get enough oxygen which is required for proper breathing. It is then that the brain starts sending signals to get up from sleep so that the nasal passage can be reopened for sufficient amount of oxygen.
  • There can also be cases where the brain is unable to send a proper signal to the muscles that help us to breath as a result of which a person does not breathe for a certain period of time. This, in turn, makes the patient awaken abruptly from sleep with shortness of breath and the patient finds it difficult to fall asleep.
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Snoring - Easy Mouth Exercises That Can Help Control It!

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB (Otorhinolaryngology) , MS - ENT , MBBS
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Snoring - Easy Mouth Exercises That Can Help Control It!

Do you snore too much while you sleep? Does your snoring give others a hard time? Snoring is caused because of the vibration of soft tissues and muscles that make up your upper airways. Working out these muscles help in the management of snoring. These soft tissues and muscles stay floppy when you are snoring. The tightening of these muscles helps in reducing the level of floppiness, which results in reduced snoring. There are several simple mouth exercises that are considered to be effective in dealing with snoring. Several researches and experiments have been carried out in order to prove the effectiveness of these exercises in controlling snoring.

The most important and common mouth exercises that help stop your snoring are as follows:

  1. The tongue slide
    • You have to push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth, or the hard palate.
    • After this, you simply should slide your tongue backwards. You should repeat this around 20 times.
  2. The roof smash
    • In order to practice this exercise, you need to turn your tongue in the upwards directions, and press the whole tongue against flush with the hard palate.
    • This should be repeated 20 times.
  3. Tongue carpet
    • You have to force the underside of your tongue against the floor of your mouth.
    • Along with this, you need to keep the tip of your tongue in contact with the bottom part of your front teeth.
  4. Say aah!
    • You need to lift your soft palate, at the back of your mouth’s roof and uvula, similar to how you open your mouth during a throat inspection.
  5. The cheek push
    • You need to insert your right index finger into the mouth, while pressing the inside of your finger against your left cheek’s length.
    • You should engage your cheek muscle and try to return the pressure back on your finger.
    • This should be repeated 10 times on each side.
  6. Even chewing
    • It is important for you to chew evenly even you eat any form of food.
    • You should alternate both sides of your mouth while chewing and swallowing food.

Similar to any form of exercise, you need to practice these mouth exercises on a regular basis to gain benefits and observe positive results. Unless you practice them strictly and continuously, you may not experience any change in your snoring patterns and intensity. You should try incorporating these exercises into your daily schedule. You may do a set after brushing your teeth, or during evening commutes.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

ENT Specialist, Delhi
Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which you experience frequent breathing pauses while sleeping. In case of some, the pauses may last for just a few seconds, while for others, it may continue for a few minutes. Sleep apnea is generally chronic in nature. There are three types of sleep apnea, namely Central, Obstructive and Complex sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs if the brain fails to transmit signals to the muscles responsible for your breathing functions. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs due to relaxation of your throat muscles. Complex sleep apnea refers to a combined condition of both central and obstructive sleep apnea.

Some of the possible causes of sleep apnea are as follows: 

  1. Blockage of airway during sleep can cause sleep apnea
  2. Putting on weight can cause obstructive sleep apnea
  3. In some cases, large tonsil tissues can lead to obstructive sleep apnea in small children
  4. Intake of certain medicines like Oxycontin or MS Contin can cause central sleep apnea
  5. Male people are more prone to sleep apnea
  6. Smoking is also a potent trigger for sleep apnea
  7. At times, high blood pressure can induce sleep apnea
  8. Suffering from sinus can also lead to sleep apnea
  9. Large neck size (more than 16 inches) may cause sleep apnea

In case of some people, sleep apnea might be an inherited condition.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are mentioned below:

  • Sometimes, obstructive sleep apnea is accompanied by choking or snorting sounds.
  • You may encounter breathing trouble while sleeping, leading to a disruption of your sleep.
  • Maximum times, sleep apnea is accompanied by snoring.
  • Sleep apnea leads to a dry mouth, which can disturb your sleep.
  • You may feel dizzy during daytime. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ent specialist.
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Sleep Apnea - 7 Ways it Can Be Treated!

ENT Specialist, Delhi
Sleep Apnea - 7 Ways it Can Be Treated!

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which you stop and start breathing frequently while you are sleeping. Symptoms of sleep apnea often include loud snoring and fatigue even if you sleep uninterrupted through the night. Obesity and age are the common risk factors of sleep apnea.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the throat muscles contract and relax while you are asleep. The other type of sleep apnea, called central sleep apnea, usually occurs in people who have been diagnosed with brain tumors, infections or heart failure, or have had a stroke.

Treatment of sleep apnea includes:

  1. CPAP: The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device is generally recommended in the treatment of sleep apnea. CPAP is a breathing machine that stops your airways from getting blocked when you are sleeping. The CPAP device is normally the size of a tissue box. It comes with a mask that you put over your mouth and nose. The machine attached to the mask pumps a continuous flow of air that keeps your airways clear as you sleep.
  2. BPAP: The Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP) device is used as an alternative to the CPAP device, if you find it hard to adjust to the CPAP. If you have a weak pattern of breathing, the BPAP can be helpful.
  3. ASV: The Adaptive Servo-ventilation (ASV) device is used to treat both central and obstructive sleep apnea.
  4. Treatment for other medical conditions: Sometimes sleep apnea can be caused by underlying health conditions. Problems such as rhinitis (nasal passage inflammation) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) can cause sleep apnea. In such cases, your doctor needs to diagnose these conditions first before treating your sleep apnea.
  5. Lifestyle changes: Excessive weight sometimes can cause sleep apnea; so losing excessive weight should be a priority. Also, alcohol and tobacco can contribute to your symptoms, so try avoiding those.
  6. Medication: Usually, doctors do not prescribe any medicine, since sedatives and sleeping pills actually worsen sleep apnea. But, in case of sleep apnea in children, doctors typically suggest intra nasal corticosteroid medicine to treat the symptoms.
  7. SurgerySurgeries to increase the size of your airway or to remove your adenoids, tonsils or extra tissues in the rear of your throat or your nose can prove helpful. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor.
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6 Common Sleep Disorders in Children

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Varanasi
6 Common Sleep Disorders in Children

Sleep is the most important aspect for a healthy beign, but for kids it is of utmost priority. Lack of sleep can often have a negative impact on the brain funtioning of kids along with accidents. Listed below are the major sleep disorders in children along with their causative factors:

1. Sleepwalking: It is not uncommon for children under the age of 10 to sleep walk. Despite being harmless on its own, the effects of sleep walking can be dangerous such as stepping outdoors or hurting themselves during sleep. If the child runs into objects while sleep walking, they might wake up and hence further worsen the situation.
2. NightmaresThey might be general or result from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Nightmares, if frequent, can make falling asleep a tedious task. Nightmares in children are common and they usually begin to reduce in frequency by 9 years of age.
3. Obstructive sleep apneaSnoring might be the result of improper respiration while sleeping and while it isn’t a cause of worry, regular snoring might lead to insufficient oxygen during sleep, thus making shut eye a challenge. It might be hereditary or the result of a deviated nasal septum or blocked nose. The snoring might hamper the quality of sleep.

4. BedwettingThis is something most children experience, but usually grow out of by the time they turn six. It doesn’t need to be a cause of concern unless the frequency doesn’t reduce over time and more than two instances of bedwetting take place in a week.
5. Insomnia in children: It can be due to a host of factors and coping with changes to their normal lifestyle is one of the biggest triggers. Mental disorders such as anxiety and stress due to a variety of reasons (like the death of a loved one) may also be the cause of distress and lead to troubled or incomplete sleep.
6. Excessive daytime sleepinessExcess naps throughout the day, always feeling lethargic or experiencing trouble waking up in the morning may be symptomatic of EDS. It isn’t uncommon in adults either wherein despite apparent proper sleep; energy levels seem to be low throughout the day. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi, my weight is 76 kg and age is 20. I'm getting snoring every night, is there any link with weight. There is no symptoms of tonsils. Please Help me out.

MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB - ENT
ENT Specialist, Mumbai
Snoring can be reduced with lifestyle modifications weight reduction being one of the foremost thing you can try with excellent outcomes.
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Since 3 months symptoms are congested nose, clogged ear, snore when sleeping, confusion and difficult remembering things.

M.D - Respiratory Medicine
Pulmonologist, Hyderabad
Dear Sir Overweight and allergy If nose and lungs likely Consult a Pulmonologist Chest X-ray PNS X-ray Spirometry Serum IgE help in diagnosis Polysomnography to diagnose and plan treatment of sleep Apnoea.

I have snoring problem, I snores very loud while sleeping. When I woke up I feel my throat very dry and tensed. Please suggest some medication as my snoring problem is getting worse day by day. Thanks.

MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Dryness can be due to mouth breathing. Reduce weight if obese. Sleep in lateral position. Get sleep study done to evaluate need for CPAP.
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Sir I have snoring problem. I am unable to sleep well awake several times in the night. And at that time breathing problem also. please suggest home remedy for it I am very thankful to you.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Chest & TB
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
ABG, TSH, PFT, Sleep Study - diagnostic and Titration, Life style modification to achieve ideal body weight. Till then sleep on your sides by tying a rubber ball on your back which would not allow you to sleep on your back. Work up for joint pain as well.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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When Should You Consult An ENT Specialist?
While there are some common diseases which can be treated with general medications too , however there may be a need to consult and ENT specialist in case things go bad.
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Sleep Disorder
Good morning I am DR Rajput, Pulmonologist. I deal with the respiratory disease which include Asthma, COPD and sleep apnea. The sleep disorder, sleep apnea is very common these days. People snore and they do not know that they have a disease.

I am going to talk about, "Why do people snore and how it affects your health?"

You know the structure. We breath through nose and we eat through mouth. There is a pasaage in the neck behind the tongue where the food and the air we inhale pass through it. But when we sleep, our posture changes due to which muscles get relaxed and makes the passage narrow. Then the tongue drops and makes it further narrow. If you are over weight, due to the neck fat, the passage gets further narrow. So, when the air passes through the narrow passage, it produces snoring. The stage beyond snoring when the two valves in the neck meet each other, the air flow stops and cause Apnea. When the air flow stops, the oxygen level in the body goes down, the brain gets aroused and sends the signal to these muscles and then you ultimately snot and this snotting opens the passage a bit. So, this repeatedly occur in the night and this results in oxidative stress. BEcause 1/3rd of your life, you are sleeping, i.e, 8 hours out of 24 hours.

So, during sleep, if the air flow is less which is called Hypopnea, the air flow stops is called Apnea. This leads to Endothelial dysfunction, which leads to High blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac problems.

So, it is important to know about Sleep Apnea and its relation to lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes, cardio vascular diseases.

The diagnosis is very simple these days which is Polysomnography. It is a sleep study in which we record the brain EEG, EOG, EMG, air flow, snoring, oxygen saturation ECG. This gives an index which is called Apnea Hypopnea Index. If the Index is more than 5 than you have to be treated.

The commonest treatment which is available these days is the CPAP Therapy. CPAP is a very simple therapy. There is a mask which fits on the nose and it is connected to a hose pipe to a machine. The machine gives pressure to the air and this pressure splints this air way and the air flow is maintained. Oxygenation maintains, snoring stops and oxidative stress dissapears. This helps in controlling blood pressure, the diabetes become normal and the risk of cardio vacular problems decreases.

Thank you very much for listening to me.

If you want to consult us, come to our clinic or contact through Lybrate.
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Health Effects of Snoring
Here are some health effects of snoring

Hi I m Dr. Rajeev Nangia, senior consultant ENT. Today I ll be talking on a very important and common topic- Snoring. It is taken to be a very common thing but now it has been proved scientifically that there are a lot of bad effects of snoring too. It is caused by obstructive sleep apnea, whenever there are obstructions in the upper airway then there is a reduction in the oxygen levels to the body which leads to further effects on the body and can cause hypertension, diabetes, and weight gain and even affect your heart and can seldom lead to sudden death.

We should not ignore snoring but rather should always go for a complete ENT examination followed by a nasal endoscopy followed by a sleep test. It is nothing but while you re sleeping we just attach some instruments and note the apnea and the hypopnea plus we note the oxygen levels and other things. So then we evaluate the severity of the sleep apnea whether it is in the mild, moderate or severe category. If it is mild then we can change our habits or we can reduce weight and other things, we can get over it.

Moderate or severe category can be a serious problem because sometimes people can have a daytime sleeping pattern and have a road accident which can be fatal. So for the moderate we have two things basically: we can either operate which is known as UPPP operation and or we can go for the BiPAPS but for severe category we have to go for the BiPAPS and for any other thing regarding snoring or its problems, you can consult me at this wonderful site called Lybrate or can consult ma directly online.

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