The Snoring Epidemic and Solutions
While the Covid-19 pandemic proceeds and as more people are huddled at home, the snoring epidemic is gradually coming to light. Some estimates suggest that up to 40% of the population may snore at some point in their lives. Snoring is a nuisance for both the snorer as it reduces sleep quality and also interrupts the snorer’s partner’s sleep. It is even more problematic in those have obstructive sleep apnea with snoring.
Obstructive Sleep apnea is a medical term for stoppage or pauses in breathing during sleep. Snoring and sleep apnea risks are higher in obese or overweight individuals and the disease is associated with increasing risks of cardiac disease, stroke or heart attack, worsening diabetes and day time sleepiness, fatigue and possible accidents. Snoring may be of three types, that which emanates from nasal source, that which comes from the soft palate or that which arises from the back of the tongue or tonsils. It may arise from one or all three locations.
An ENT-trained Sleep specialist such as Dr. Khetarpal is your best resource for providing solutions for these conditions. Snoring, when not associated with obstructive sleep apnea, is called primary snoring. There are many in office procedures that can help with snoring including the Latera R procedure, radio frequency treatment of the nasal valve, turbinates, soft palate or tongue. Injection of certain reagents into the soft palate can help stiffen the soft palate and reduce the vibrations/snoring. An oral appliance device may also be beneficial in selected individuals.
Please contact us now if you would like to improve your snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. There is no reason to continue with this insidious “silent” killer and delay improvement and reduce your risk of hypertension, heart attacks, stroke and
UMANG KHETARPAL, M.D.
Dr. Umang Khetarpal finished his medical school at the young age of 22 and is trained in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck and Facial Plastic Surgery. He completed his internship and specialty residency training in Syracuse, New York. He also has extensive research experience and additional clinical experience through fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has co-authored book chapters and many publications in peer reviewed journals within the specialty. He has presented at major specialty society meetings and at academic institutions. Topics of his research included hearing loss and balance disorders, sinus problems and sleep apnea. His recent research efforts have been entirely focused on sinusitis, especially recurrent acute rhinosinusitis, allergies and in office balloon sinuplasty and in office sinus surgery. He has recently presented five papers at the International meeting of Rhinology in Chicago, June 2019. He discovered and was the first to describe a novel ear disease in families that resulted in balance and hearing problems. His most innovative research was in the cutting-edge field of genetics in Otolaryngology where he was involved in finding the genetic defects for several different diseases. In addition, he has taken time to observe the surgical techniques of some of the world’s most renowned surgeons in plastics surgery. He had been featured 3 times over the years in newspapers in the Rio Grande Valley for introducing latest treatments in thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and sinus surgery locally. His current interest is in molecular genetics of allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis with and without polyps and in finding better cures for these conditions. He now calls Houston his home and is starting his practice in the Woodlands.