Snoring

Sleep disordered breathing encompasses several sleep disorders associated with various degrees of airway blockage due to large tonsils, long soft palate or uvula, excessive fleshy tissue, or excessive relaxation of the tongue. In our dental sleep practice, we see some of the conditions that lead to snoring such as a small or retruded jaw and airway obstruction.

During normal sleep, the muscles that control the tongue and soft palate hold the airway open. When these muscles relax, the airway narrows which can lead to snoring and breathing difficulties.

Snoring isn’t just a noisy nuisance. As well as being loud enough to disturb sufferers and their families, snoring can also interrupt sleep and place pressure on relationships. Snoring may also be a sign of a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Persistent loud snoring often disturbs the sleep of the snorer and anyone within hearing range. This disruption to sleep can contribute to fatigue and leave the sufferer feeling tired, drowsy, and inappropriately sleepy. The prolonged effects of lack of sleep can lead to slowed responses, memory problems, difficulty in paying attention and concentrating, and may also cause performance problems at work. More importantly, lack of sleep can increase the risk of automobile accidents and can adversely affect relationships. Surveys have shown that many snoring couples resort to sleeping in separate rooms.

The point is that snoring is a symptom of a serious underlying condition. But you don’t have to continue to suffer! Get help, stop snoring and get sleep now!

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Associations & Memberships:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics
  • Founding Members of American Academy of Oral Systemic Health