Don’t ignore your snore

Snoring is an alarm bell, signaling a potential obstruction in your airway. It's often dismissed as a nuisance, without realizing the struggle for oxygen behind it.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Occasional snoring is common and 50% of the population snores.
  • Chronic snoring can indicate dangerous sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 1 in 10 have sleep apnea and 80% go undiagnosed.
  • A sleep study is recommended if OSA is suspected.
  • Simple solutions exist to treat sleep disorders like OSA.
  • ADVENT can help you fix your snoring. 

Our three-step approach involves understanding your symptoms, evaluating your Breathing Triangle, and tailoring a care plan that may include Oral Appliance Therapy and other simple in-office treatments. Treatment varies based on your goals and the cause of your snoring.

What you need to know about snoring:

Snoring is a warning sign that something isn’t right in your Breathing Triangle, the two sides of your nose and throat. The loud rattling and sometimes horn-like sound happens when the throat relaxes and the tissue in the back of the throat vibrates. 

You could also suffer from blocked nasal passageways, which can exacerbate your snoring. Additional factors that can increase its severity1:

  • Nasal obstructions
  • Tight throat
  • Sinus issues
  • Sleeping position (snoring is worse in back sleepers2)
  • Allergies
  • Deviated septum
  • Alcohol 

How do I know if I snore and what causes it?

If you live with other people, they’ll tell you. If you live and sleep alone and want to know, you can set up your phone to record you while you sleep. You might also snore if you wake up often during the night, you have daytime fatigue, or you wake up with a dry mouth.

Snoring isn't a stigma.  Most of us snore occasionally, especially when we’re sick and congested. In fact in the U.S. alone, about 57% of men, 40% of women, and 27% of children snore3. Occasional snoring doesn't interrupt your sleep or alter normal oxygen levels. Yet, chronic snoring often indicates sleep-disordered breathing.

Those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) stop breathing—sometimes up to 100 times per hour—which forces their bodies awake to resume breathing. Those suffering with OSA have a decrease in oxygen saturation while sleeping, which puts them at higher risk of: chronic disease, hormonal and erectile dysfunction, anxiety, excessive sleepiness and fatigue, diabetes, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular events4. These conditions differ mainly in how much of the airway is blocked, and where the obstruction occurs. 

Risk factors for snoring include:

  • Older age (50+)
  • Airflow blockage by enlarged tonsils or tongue, deviated septum, polyps, large soft palate
  • Small jaw or one that’s set farther back
  • Nasal congestion at night5
  • Alcohol or sedative use
  • Obesity, especially extra fat around the neck and upper torso
  • Menopause or pregnancy

Is snoring dangerous?

Snoring isn’t dangerous by itself, but the possible relationship between snoring and critical health outcomes could be life-threatening. While many find snoring simply annoying – or even funny –  it could indicate a more serious condition. In fact, snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

ADVENT has snoring solutions

There’s good news. ADVENT can help you stop snoring.

First, we need to ensure your Breathing Triangle works well. Your nostrils and throat make up an inverted triangle that allows you to breathe. When even one of your breathing passages gets blocked, serious issues like sleep apnea can develop. 

ADVENT Treats the Root Cause of Your Snoring

1 in 10 OSA (1 in 10 have sleep apnea)
US Snorers: 50% of US adults snore
Sleep Divorce: 1 in 4 couples are in a sleep divorce
Nasal Obstruction: 20M suffer w/ nasal obstruction
OSA Undiagnosed: 80% OSA undiagnosed
Nose OSA: 35% nasal complaint have OSA
How it works

3 simple steps to stop snoring:

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    1: Get Your Breathing Triangle Evaluation

    First, we listen. At your new patient appointment, you’ll discuss your symptoms and goals with a Sleep & Sinus Specialist. You’ll also get a thorough Breathing Triangle Evaluation to help identify any underlying issues.

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    2: Uncover the Root Cause

    Depending on your symptoms you may get an in-office CT scan or home sleep study to better understand the source of your snoring.

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    3: Treat Your Snoring with Simple Solutions

    We offer several simple in-office options to ensure you have a healthy Breathing Triangle and to address your snoring. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be a candidate for: Balloon Sinuplasty, Turbinate Reduction, Nasal Cryotherapy, Snoreplasty, Uvulectomy or Oral Appliance Therapy.

Snoring FAQs

Everything you need to know about:
Why do people snore?

People snore because of a Breathing Triangle issue resulting in their airway to vibrate while they sleep.

What are the health risks associated with snoring?

For starters, snoring means that something is causing the tissue in your throat to vibrate and possibly your airway to collapse. You need to get that fixed so you can breathe and sleep well. Snoring is your body’s cry for help and a sign of something more serious, like obstructive sleep apnea. People with untreated sleep apnea are at higher risk for potentially life-threatening conditions like: heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease. 

Do I have sleep apnea if I snore?

Not necessarily, BUT…80% of people with obstructive sleep apnea are undiagnosed. The only way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is to get an at-home sleep study and, preferably a comprehensive Breathing Triangle evaluation. If you’re concerned you might have sleep apnea, don’t wait to schedule a simple 30-minute initial evaluation at ADVENT. 

What treatments are available for snoring?

Snoring is a sign of an unhealthy Breathing Triangle: the two sides of your nose and throat. Effective snoring treatments involve methods to open the upper airway and possibly stiffen the structures in the throat. If obstructive sleep apnea is suspected, you would undergo an at-home sleep study then receive treatment based on the study results. Any sleep apnea treatment works best once your Breathing Triangle is working as it should.

“There's simple, easy solutions as simple as sometimes just a retainer that you're going to wear when you're sleeping a night that holds your airway open on up the ladder to simple, in-office procedures to get somebody's nose working or stiffen the throat. There’s a multitude of options,” says Dr. Kandula. 

ADVENT offers Oral Appliance Therapy, Snoreplasty, Septoplasty, Balloon Sinuplasty, Turbinate Reduction, Nasal Valve Repair, Polypectomy, and Uvulectomy to treat snoring.

How does ADVENT's approach to snoring treatment differ from other ENT clinics and doctors?

At ADVENT, we don’t only treat your symptoms and give bandaid solutions. We treat the root cause of your snoring and identify underlying conditions related to snoring. This all begins with a comprehensive Breathing Triangle evaluation at your first visit.

Can a new pillow or mattress help me to not snore?

Doubtful11, but you can try a new pillow or mattress if you want to spend extra cash. Prices for these types of pillows range from $85–$659 for a “smart” version. Same song, different verse for mattresses. “These try to propel people up. Pretty soon you're gonna be hanging from the ceiling sleeping, right? That is trying to put a band-aid on [for a problem] that obviously is a nose and throat issue,” says Dr. Ethan Handler, board-certified ENT and Sinus and Sleep Surgeon.

Is there a simple, non-surgical solution to snoring?

Why yes! Oral Appliance Therapy, a custom-made mouthpiece that keeps your airway open while you sleep, provides a simple, non-surgical solution to snoring. However, it is important to note that snoring treatments work best when your nasal breathing is optimized and working properly.

"ADVENT focuses on treating snoring by looking at The Breathing Triangle®. We look to be sure all 3 airways are open to allow for smooth airflow to the lungs. This prevents rattling of structures in the back of the throat. We also can use oral appliance to even expand the space in the back of the throat to allow for less movement of these structures."

Megan Berendes, PA-C

Physician Assistant

"While other ENT clinics and doctors may simply tell you that you need a CPAP to treat your snoring or sleep apnea, ADVENT provides other options. A simple at-home sleep study is often performed to determine if there is the presence of sleep apnea in the setting of snoring. Oftentimes snoring stems from an obstructed nose, resulting in open-mouth breathing at night, which predisposes you to snoring."

Jacob Daniels, PA-C

Physician Assistant

"By restoring proper nasal airflow, we can often get people to breathe better and eliminate or reduce snoring. For those that continue to snore or have diagnosed sleep apnea, simple solutions such as an oral appliance or an in-office Snoreplasty may be recommended alternatives."

Jacob Daniels, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Real patient reviews:

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Knowledgeable people. Friendly staff. Since there's no way I can use CPAP, I would definitely give ADVENT a try first. They get u breathing properly first.
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ADVENT has made the process of getting down to the root cause of my sleep issues so simple...going into a hospital setting for a traditional sleep study isn't easy, convenient, nor are the results consistent …Having simple, convenient options from home are great to have access to.
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We talked about fixing my sleep issues, not just another cpap machine.
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They are incredible…they were all so kind. They are very innovative. Everywhere I went in valpo just glanced at me and wanted to just throw me on a cpap machine.
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I’ve had longtime problems with allergies, sinuses, breathing/respiratory issues…Everything is in one place (assessments, allergy testing, CT scans, procedures)...They are very knowledgeable to deal specifically with these issues. The setup and methods are modern and efficient. I can even do a sleep study at home with a simple device connected through a phone app. It is amazing that such a clinic like this exists!
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If you snore, have sleep apnea and don't want to wear a CPAP machine this IS the solution you're looking for. One of the best decisions I've ever made.
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This is a 1-stop-shop for issues dealing with those miserable nose, sinus and throat and breathing issues with lots of solutions and info to make an informed choice. Don’t waste your money on "a" specialist when it's all here under one roof and very reasonable cost wise. All we know is to go to Sleep centers that will slap miserable CPAP machines on you which only help with sleep disorders. Allergists give you sprays. Helpful....but ADVENT addresses several areas of sinus-nose-throat concerns. My Family member was given a Balloon Sinoplasty because sinuses were in bad shape from all previous nonsense and chronic drowning in mucus. He back at work next day with mild discomfort for 2 days. Major improvements! Was told if this didnt help as much as hoped, other things could be assessed. Very nice staff. Terrific follow up aftercare and support all along the way. very professional.
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You will receive innovative care minus the judgement. You will appreciate yourself for elevating the quality of your sleep apnea care.
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My husband had balloon sinuplasty here at the Loop location on Jackson 12 weeks ago. All the P.A.'s and staff that we dealt with were wonderful. Had great results with no more snoring or breathing issues since the surgery. I would highly recommend this facility in particular and this surgery for anyone suffering from sleep apnea and failed rhinoplasty's. His breathing is so much better and getting a much better night sleep along with his energy back from breathing properly. GET IT DONE! ITS WORTH IT


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