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Palatal Snore vs Tongue Snore

A snore is a sound produced when turbulent airflow moves past vibratory tissue. This produces a characteristic sound that is unique to the tissue producing it.

The most common snore occurs in the palatal region. This is a result of the uvula and soft palate vibrating against airflow. It is very rhythmic and can be easily reproduced during daytime hours.

The base of the tongue can contribute to a snore as well. This occurs when patients lay on their back and airflow rapidly moves past the base of tongue. This “pulls” the tongue and causes it to vibrate against the back wall of the throat, producing a very characteristic sound. It is not rhythmic, but rather quite aggressive sounding and can give the impression of choking to an observer. This type of snore often precedes obstructive events, like those in sleep apnea.

In either case, a proper ENT examination can accurately diagnose a patient’s snore type. With an accurate diagnosis, the proper treatment can be implemented – improving a night of sleep for all.

If you feel you have a problem with snoring, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.