Facts About Snoring and Sleep Apnea
- Snoring occurs when nasal and oral tissues collapse into your airway when you sleep, partially blocking it. The noise is actually the sound of the walls and tissues in your throat vibrating, coupled with the sound of air struggling through a narrow space.
- Sometimes, the obstruction can totally obstruct your airway and force you to stop breathing. When this happens consistently, the condition is known as obstructive sleep apnea, and can pose a serious threat to your systemic wellbeing.
- Even in the absence of sleep apnea, snoring can increase certain risks to your cardiovascular system by restricting your intake of oxygen. Over time, the exertion to breathe and the diminished oxygen can begin to affect your vital systems, and lead to fatigue, illness, and other symptoms.
- The answer to stop snoring can often be found at your dentist’s office. Yet, if you have a severe case of sleep apnea, then you may require more specialized treatment at the hands of an oral surgeon. To find out how serious your snoring is, and to achieve, quieter, more peaceful sleep, visit us as soon as possible for a thorough examination.