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Snoring through the nose ...mouth clamped shut...Common?

Posted by Shelle on August 14, 1999 at 20:08:31:

I am a snorer who only breathes through the nose while I clamp my mouth shut. I am getting progressively worse and my hubby tells me he shakes me at night to restore breathing and also to stop the snoring for a few seconds..
Also my kids who are in other rooms complain about me even though all of our doors are shut. We recently took a trip and stayed in motel rooms and the kids were unable to rest at night because of me.

When I was 5 yrs old I had a T/A and the surgeon botched it up and removed the uvula and left extensive scarring on my soft & hard palate (who knows what it looks like where my adenoids were). The entrance to my throat is narrowed according to my dentist. I recently began using a dental brace to prevent me from clenching my teeth because I was causing pain in my jaw, cheek and ear. I can't wear it during the day however, it gags me ...but somehow I can sleep with it, so I do. I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure which I have only in the mornings and it mysteriously goes back down in the afternoon. I am wondering if it is related to the sleep apnea?
I am wondering how common it is for someone to snore the way I do only through the nose (and in all positions)?
Can I have surgery to correct this or will I need to use
one of those CPAP machines? I know I need to find a sleep specialist but do I need to go to an ear, nose and throat specialist first? I will have a hard time taking a day to do the sleep study so do they have hours on weekends?
Sorry for all the questions...But thanks for any help you can offer.

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