Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is not a problem to the person who does it but it is a problem to the bed partner. It is estimated that over 50% of adult males and 30% of adult females are affected by snoring.
Why do I snore?
Snoring is caused by a narrow airway. When we sleep the muscles of the mouth and throat relax resulting in a narrower airway. Air travels faster through a narrow tube than a wide one causing vibrations of the soft tissues of the throat (soft palate, pharynx, tonsils and uvula). The vibration results in the noise of snoring.
If you snore and feel completely alert during the day, do not doze off in the evening or while driving your issue is probably confined to snoring.
Help for snoring
Snoring can be treated with an oral appliance. Oral appliances move your lower jaw forward and open the airway. Oral appliances are custom made, well-tolerated and effective.
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Sometimes snoring is a symptom of Sleep Apnea also called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is a serious condition that affects overall health.