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Snoring Specialist

Santa Monica Sleep Disorders Center -  - Sleep Medicine Specialist

Santa Monica Sleep Disorders Center

Sleep Medicine Specialists located in Los Angeles, CA

Snoring affects over 90 million Americans on a regular basis. It can be noisy enough to disrupt a partner’s sleep, interrupt a patient’s sleep, and may become more serious with age. Daniel Norman, MD, treats patients with snoring at Santa Monica Sleep Disorders Center in Santa Monica, California. Call the office today for an appointment or consultation.

Snoring Q & A

What’s snoring?

Snoring involves noisy breathing during sleep and is common among all ages and genders. This common disorder may cause social embarassment, marital problems, and may signify more serious medical conditions.  As you sleep, your throat muscles relax, causing your tongue to fall backwards; and, through your normal breathing patterns, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate. These vibrations lead to snoring. Snoring can get louder as the airway narrows. However, if the walls of the throat collapse sufficiently and become occluded, it creates a serious condition called apnea. About one-half of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea.

Several factors cause snoring, including the aging process, anatomical abnormalities, functional abnormalities like inflammation, sleep position, and obesity.

What are the symptoms associated with snoring?

Snoring causes a vibrating, rattling noise during sleep. You should consult a doctor if you snore and have any of the following symptoms or signs:

  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Recent weight gain
  • Awakening in the morning not feeling rested
  • Awaking at night feeling confused
  • Change in your level of attention, concentration, or memory
  • Observed pauses in breathing during sleep

How is snoring treated?

Snorers are usually not aware that they snore and must be evaluated by a sleep specialist to determine how snoring affects their sleep quality. A consultation with a specialist involves a medical history and physical exam, and possibly a home-based or lab-based sleep study. Treatment options may includes lifestyle modification, surgery, oral appliances, nasal dilators, and in rare cases, CPAP.

Dr. Norman discusses each treatment option in detail. He advises patients on which approach will be the best one for them. If you snore, call or schedule an appointment online at Santa Monica Sleep Disorders Center. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of PPO insurance and Medicare.

Major Insurances Providers Accepted

At Santa Monica Sleep Disorders Center, we are in-network with many major PPO plans, and are Medicare providers. Please check with us to see if our practice is included in your health insurance network. Please be sure to provide your insurance information prior to your first visit, and update us if your insurance status changes so that we can check benefits and process claims in the most efficient manner.

Blue Shield of California
United Healthcare