At ENTACC, our patients are our priority.


Snoring and Sleep Services performed at ENTACC

Are you feeling sleep-deprived? You are not alone. According to a recent study, roughly 148 million American adults snore occasionally, and 82 million are habitual snorers. While many consider it a minor problem, snoring habits can indicate a more serious medical condition.

What Causes Snoring?

If your tongue, throat muscles, and soft palate relax too much when you sleep, they can droop backward and block the airway, vibrating together when you breathe. This is what causes the all too familiar sounds commonly associated with snoring. Snoring will be louder depending on the level of airway obstruction.

Several factors increase the risk of your snoring such as having bulky throat tissue or an enlarged soft palate, frequent nasal congestion, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, and enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

You are at a higher risk for sleep apnea if you are overweight, male, and over the age of 40. Snoring tends to worsen with age. In some individuals, the airway becomes so obstructed that they develop sleep apnea. Depending on your family history, blood oxygen level, and sleep position, you could eventually find yourself experiencing high blood pressure and heart complications such as a heart attack or heart failure.

Tips for Quieting Your Snoring

If your snoring isn’t a complication of sleep apnea (link to sleep apnea page), implementing lifestyle changes may help eliminate the problem. Stop snoring with the help of these tips:

  • Sleeping on your side instead of your back
  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding alcohol before bedtime
  • Treating allergies
  • Eliminating tobacco smoke

If lifestyle modifications do not solve the problem, oral appliances that reposition the lower jaw may help. Take our sleep quiz to gauge your level of sleep and snoring difficulties.

Erin O. from Downingtown, PA

“I had stopped taking my allergy medicine and ended up with the worse sinus infection of my life. The staff at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County genuinely will provide you with the best care. I was overwhelmed by the kindness, concern, and sense of urgency everyone gave. My phone calls were returned promptly and time was made to see me in the office when it was an emergency.”

Connie J. from West Chester, PA

“I can say after years of coming to Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County, my relationship and trust with Dr. Marriotti has grown tremendously. He is personable, friendly and I appreciate his input with my hearing condition. The staff at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County is always cheery and pleasant. I enjoy my visits and always leave feeling like I am in good hands.”

Dauna P. from University Lincoln, PA

“I am so grateful for the care Dr. Picariello has given for my complex and serious brain diagnosis. He has made such an impression on the way the process was handled. I shall never forget him and how humble he was when dealing with my condition. He is truly one of the best around and I am fortunate for his high ethical standards and professionalism.”

Kathy S. from Schwenksvile, PA

“The knowledge, encouragement, concern, and individual attention the doctors of Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County had demonstrated was far beyond my expectations. The office atmosphere is professional yet friendly. The doctors know their profession well and are able to explain in basic understandable terms. They made sure we were comfortable and took their time going over everything extensively.”

James B., from Coatesville, PA

“The allergy shot process has been a great experience and has prevented a reoccurrence of my nasal polyps, and decreased the need for my asthma inhaler. The allergy staff is excellent.”