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Snoring (Adults)

DEFINITION & INFORMATION

 

Stertorous noise from upper respiratory tract when sleeping.

This is very common in both sexes

In adults it is most often associated with weight gain / obesity

 

 

MANAGEMENT ADVICE IN ADULTS

 

Weight loss, cessation of smoking and reduction in alcohol intake

Mandibular Advancement Device can be provided by a dentist. This is not NHS funded and Dentists may refuse to issue a device if the patient has symptoms of un-investigated Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (see below)

 

 

INDICATIONS FOR REFERRAL:

Snoring is not an indication for secondary care referral.

 

For patients who are not obese, with significant nasal obstruction, please review the guidance here

 

Adults with associated Obstructive Sleep Apnoe should be referred to the respiratory team. Please review this guidance prior to referral

 

 

RED FLAGS

Any clinical findings that indicate presence of an upper respiratory tract mass narrowing the airway

 

 

Relevant Links

www.britishsnoring.co.uk