Snoring

Snoring is an exceedingly common complaint - about 40% of the adult population snores occasionally. It can cause problems and disrupt your or your partner's sleep, but it isn't necessarily a medical concern. Snoring may be caused by nasal obstruction, or obstruction in the throat (pharynx). A child's chronic snoring could indicate problems with the tonsils or adenoids, which can be diagnosed by an ENT specialist. Snoring is common if you're experiencing the effects of allergies or a cold, because of nasal congestion. Sometimes snoring is related to a condition such as sleep apnea, which can also lead to other, more serious health concerns. Depending on the cause of your snoring, the specialists at Alaska Center for Ear, Nose and Throat in Anchorage, may be able to help you.

If snoring is affecting the quality of your sleep and your life, request a consultation online, or call our Anchorage practice at (907) 279-8800 to schedule an appointment. For our Homer and surrounding patients, please call (907) 235-0310.

Our highly-trained providers look forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions.

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Treatment Options

Treatments available for nose-related snoring are generally more effective than those for obstruction of the throat. Your treatment will depend on the cause of your snoring.

Custom Earplugs: The least-invasive resolution to the non-medical problems caused by snoring is a good pair of earplugs – either for you, your partner, or both. Our hearing center at ACENT can custom-fit earplugs, which are more comfortable and more effective than over-the-counter plugs.

Septoplasty: This surgery, along with turbinate reduction, can be performed to address nasal obstructions.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: This often provides relief by alleviating congestion that can contribute to snoring.

Somnoplasty is an in-office procedure intended to shorten and stiffen the palate. It generally requires two or more sessions and is effective in up to 70% of people.

Uvulapalatopharngoplasty (UP3) is a well-established procedure primarily used for mild to moderate sleep apnea, but can help with snoring.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a more serious condition in which your breathing actually stops while asleep 5 or more times per hour. Medical devices designed to treat OSA, such as the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device are available at ACENT and our board-certified specialists may recommend using them if indicated. If sleep apnea is suspected, we will refer you for a sleep study elsewhere.

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Meet Our Physicians

Each of our physicians is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and Dr. Ellerbe is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.