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Truth About Snoring
Moderate, rhythmic snoring is usually not harmful to your health, though it can be an annoyance to a bed partner or anyone else within earshot. But when snoring becomes more pronounced and irregular, it can interfere with deep, restful sleep, and it may be a symptom of a more serious health condition such as Sleep Apnea.
Facts About Snoring
• Snoring is created when air vibrates within the throat.
• During normal breathing, the force of moving air isn’t enough to cause these vibrations, but when you sleep, the muscles of the throat and soft palate—the area known as the roof of the mouth—begin to relax.
• This relaxation can create a constriction of the airway.
• As constriction increases so does the work of breathing and the volume of the snoring.
Snoring may also be caused by blockages of the nasal passages. See examples below:
• Deviated septum or broken nose
• Congestion caused by colds or seasonal allergies
• Carrying extra weight or obesity
• Sleeping on your back
• Eating large, fatty meals before bedtime
What is Sleep Apnea?
Are you at risk of suffering from Sleep Apnea? Take a Sleep Evaluation by answering “Yes” or “No” to the following questions.
1. Do you snore loudly (loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?
2. Has anyone ever complained about your snoring?
3. Does your snoring wake you or anyone else up at night?
4. Has anyone ever observed you stop breathing during sleep?
5. Do you have a dry mouth, sore throat in the mornings?
6. Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the day?
7. Are you or have you ever been treated for high blood pressure?
8. Are you over 50 years old?
If you answered “Yes” to 3 or more of these questions, a Sleep Apnea Screening is strongly recommended. Call us today for more information!
Treatment Using Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is a proven, comfortable and non-invasive Sleep Apnea solution. It involves a custom-fitted mouthpiece that is worn during sleep to help keep the airway open and prevent the tongue from blocking the airway.
• An oral appliance resembles a sports mouthguard and is worn during sleep.
• These devices move the lower jaw forward and lift the base of the tongue forward and away from the back wall of the throat to keep the airway open.
• Oral appliances should be custom-fitted and adjusted by a qualified sleep medicine dentist to ensure optimum results, safety and comfort.
• Periodic follow up examinations are needed to ensure the appliance is performing properly.
• The appliance is not designed to improve restricted nasal breathing, which is caused by a deviated septum or other nasal blockage, but many oral appliance users experience a significant reduction in chronic nasal congestion.
• Numerous studies have shown that oral appliances are able to reduce or eliminate OSA symptoms in 80 percent of all cases.