Snoring is the sound of obstructed airways during sleep. When the soft tissues at the back of the throat fall back against the back of the throat they vibrate and cause the sound of snoring.
Soft tissues that vibrate include a large tongue, enlarged tonsils, a long soft palate and uvula. These contribute to an obstructed airway and the vibration of these tissues as the air passes through causes the sound of snoring.
Who are snorers?
Statistics are not definite on how many people snore, but estimates give a minimum of 30% adults who snore regularly. Men are twice as likely to snore as women and snoring increases with age and weight. Nasal and throat conditions, such as allergies, sinusitis and asthma increase the probability of snoring.
Some medications, alcohol at bedtime and smoking can cause snoring or make the problem worse.
Snoring or Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is most often a complaint from a person’s bed partner, but snoring itself can be a sign of the more serious condition of Sleep Apnea. Snoring is the main symptom looked for in diagnosing sleep apnea, a complaint in which breathing ceases or partially ceases for 10+ seconds 20-30 times or more an hour. Other symptoms that a person might have sleep apnea and not just be a snorer include unaccounted-for sleepiness.
As the condition of sleep apnea occurs while you are asleep, it can be completely overlooked. Undiagnosed sufferers assume they are merely snorers and are unaware that their breathing is pausing. It has been estimated that only 25% or less of sleep apnea sufferers have been diagnosed. We provide an online test that helps screen for sleep apnea sufferers versus simple snorers. Click here to begin your test.
Snoring Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy
We provide custom-made oral appliances, devices worn in the mouth that are similar to mouth guards. Most of these appliances prevent the vibration of the soft tissues by positioning the jaw slightly forward, which keeps the airways open.
Getting your appliance is as easy as scheduling a consultation with Dr. John, who will take impressions and prepare your appliance.
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