Sleep Apnea

About Snoring

Moderate to severe levels of snoring may really be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) otherwise termed "sleep disordered breathing." Sleep apnea is associated with cardiovascular disease, daytime sleepiness and even increased mortality. To correctly identify the disorder, there are simple, cost-effective sleep screening tools used by a trained sleep dentist.

Snoring is a breathing noise that occurs while someeone is sleeping. The actual snoring sound is produced from the vibration of the soft palate and sides of the throat when air rushes against them.

The sound of snoring occurs when the airway collapses and the muscles fail to maintain their normal function. A few of the medical and dental conditions that can lead to snoring are:

a small retruded jaw
alcohol before retiring
airway obstruction

In recent years, snoring has been acknowledged as a warning sign that normal breathing is not taking place. For the majority of adults, snoring does not involve a serious medical disorder. However, snoring may be the first sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).