Is It Snoring Or Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is the result of tissues in the throat relaxing enough that they partially block the airway and vibrate, creating a sound. Depending on an individual’s anatomy and other lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption and body weight, the sound of the vibration can be louder or softer.
Loud frequent snoring is one of the indicators of OSA, which is a chronic condition characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. When people with OSA fall asleep, they can stop breathing for a few seconds to a minute or more. Both conditions can be caused or made worse by obesity, large tongue and tonsils, aging and head and neck shape.
Book A Snoring Or Sleep Apnea Dental Consultation
If you or your partner is a frequent loud snorer, stops breathing, gasps or chokes during sleep, experiences excessive restlessness at night or feels sleepy during the day, you may want to bring it up with Dr. Randy Singh, Dr. Marty Sekand, Dr. Ken Jandoo or Dr. Steven Schneider to see whether a sleep study is necessary. Taking this first step to get tested prior to beginning any treatment prevents inaccurate self-diagnosis, inadequate treatment or premature dismissal of the problem.
Treatment With Snoring & Sleep Apnea Appliances
Oral appliances have a definite role in the management of sleep apnea and/or snoring. The appliance will not cure the apnea or snoring but works non-surgically to realign the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open. Custom-made mandibular advancing appliances are small acrylic devices that fit over your upper and lower teeth to advance the lower jaw forward and open up the airways. Sleep appliances are affordable, non-invasive, easy to use, and effective at improving breathing, reducing snoring/sleep apnea and quite well accepted by patients.