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Snoring is a sign of breathing problem. It occurs when the jaw opens and the soft tissues in the throat and back part of our mouth falls back, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through a smaller opening. This created sound vibrations known as snoring. The tissues involved can be the soft palate, tonsils, adenoids and excessive fatty tissue within the throat.
Though circumstances such as a poor sleeping position or a cold or other illness may cause you to snore, if you find that you are snoring on a constant basis, it is time to consult with your dentist.
Even though most people decide to take no action to solve their snoring problem, the fact remains that snoring may be linked to a serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For some patients snoring may be a result of something less serious, but sleep apnea cannot be rule out unless proper testing (an at-home or overnight sleep study) and examinations are carried out.
Contact us for more information and to see if we can help solve your snoring and sleep apnea problems.
While not every patient who suffers from snoring also suffers from sleep apnea, it is important to find out if they do. Knowing whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea will make the snoring treatment you require much more effective. Those patients who snore as a result of sleep apnea often need a treatment that is focused towards treating sleep apnea as opposed to simple snoring.
Many snoring devices help lessen, if not completely stop one’s snoring problem; however, with sleep apnea, just masking snoring is not enough, and in fact, could potentially make undiagnosed sleep apnea worse!
If you’re unsure whether you have sleep apnea or if you’re looking to find the proper device that is suitable to treat your snoring problem, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.
OSA occurs when the muscles and tissues around the throat relax causing the airway to completely collapse and block airflow into the lungs.
This blockage cuts off the oxygen supply to the body and brain. The airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. The repeating cycle of falling asleep, airway collapsing, and unconsciously awakening with a gasp, prevents a restful night of sleep. The lack of oxygen puts extra stress on the entire body especially the heart.
Sleep Apnea is a serious chronic disease that may trigger other serious health problems such as heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, heartburn, morning headaches, depression, sexual dysfunction.