Why do I snore ?
Snoring is caused by blockage of the air passages during sleep.
Where does the blockage occur?
Blockage can occur at one or more sites. In most people, the blockage occurs at multiple sites. Sites where blockage can occur include:
- The nose
- The adenoids
- The tonsils
- The soft palate
- The uvula
- The tongue base
- The lingual tonsil
- The throat
Can anything else contribute to snoring?
Snoring can be made worse by the following:
- Age (As we become older, the likelihood of snoring increases)
- Being Male (Snoring is more common in men)
- Being overweight
- Alcohol and sedative drugs
- Excessive tiredness
- When the jaw is too far back (“receeding” chin)
- Certain conditions within the central nervous system
How can I find out what is causing my snoring?
When you visit Sydney Snoring Centre, our three Specialist doctors will examine your air passages and order special tests to determine exactly what is causing your snoring.
How are my air passages examined?
Our Specialist Sleep (ENT) Surgeon, Dr Singh, will examine your nose, mouth and throat using special instruments.
Dr Singh will also pass a special super-fine camera into your nose and throat to look at the septum, turbinates, adenoids, tonsils, soft palate, uvula, tongue base and voicebox (everything is made numb first using a special numbing spray). You can watch the camera on a TV monitor and see for yourself exactly what is causing your snoring.
Our Specialist Sleep Dentist, Dr Shah, will examine your jaws and teeth to determine whether they are contributing to your snoring.
Our Specialist Sleep Physician, Dr Desai, will examine you to determine your sleep patterns and whether the central nervous system is invovled.
Our Specialist Dietitian will assess whether your weight is contributing to your snoring.
What special tests will be ordered?
All patients undergo a CT scan and a formal sleep study.
Some patients may also undergo allergy tests and nasal function tests, which show the amount of airflow through your nose.
Despite all the tests and high-technology available, the most accurate tool is your doctor's knowledge, training and experience!
Can my snoring be stopped?
At Sydney Snoring Centre, we are dedicated to help you STOP SNORING.
Click here to find out how we can stop your snoring.