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Why Losing Weight Combined with Latest in Laser Technology Might Stop Your Snoring

If you snore, there are things you can do to help control it, so you and your partner get a good night’s sleep. For example, you could turn onto your side, or sleep with your head elevated a few inches. If you need help with your snoring, David Jin, DDS at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Boston, Massachusetts, can help. With the latest in Laser technology, Dr. Jin will be able to tighten the loose tissue in the back of your throat and therefore reduce snoring. You may also need an oral appliance that you wear in your mouth when you sleep, the use of a nasal spray to reduce inflammation of your airway, or the use of a continuous positive airway pressure system (CPAP) to keep your airways open.

Laser to treat snoring

With Fotona’s NightLase® therapy,  a totally non-invasive, patient-friendly laser treatment for increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring by means of a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue. Snoring will decrease with as little as one treatment. Give us a call to see if you are eligible for Nightlase.

Weight and snoring

Believe it or not, being overweight can also lead to snoring or make your snoring worse. When people carry excess weight, they also have extra fat in their necks that compresses the airway when lying down. Neck size may be an indicator, too. If you have a neck size larger than 16 inches, your weight may be contributing to your snoring. 

Everything is connected. So, if you have extra belly fat around your middle or in your chest area, your lungs may not be able to get enough air. As a result, there may not be enough air flowing in your body to keep your throat open all the way. Your air passage will narrow, making it harder for air to pass through. This could lead to snoring or make your snoring worse. 

Men snore more than women because of the way they’re built. They store fat in the neck, chest, and abdomen, and women store fat around the hips, buttocks, and thighs until menopause. After that, they may store more fat in the abdomen too. 

How weight loss helps

By losing weight, you’ll improve your overall health and remove pressure from your organs and airways. As you lose fat in your neck, air will flow better through your airway, especially at night when you’re lying down. This should help reduce snoring, or at least make it quieter and less disruptive. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed in the morning instead of tired!

Don’t feel overwhelmed if you need to lose a lot of weight. Start with small, realistic goals. Losing just 10% of your current body weight can improve your health and might stop your snoring. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, a 10% weight loss would be 20 pounds. That sounds doable, doesn’t it?

There are plenty of weight-loss resources online to explore. In general, we recommend a diet of whole, nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats like nuts and olive oil. Drinking water, eliminating sugary drinks, and exercising will also help. 

Consider weight loss to improve your snoring or get rid of it once and for all. As you work to lose weight, Dr. Jin offers solutions like oral appliances and CPAP machines to help you breathe better at night. Schedule a consultation by using our convenient online booking tool or by calling one of our two locations today.

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