Snoring is a common issue that is known to affect a number of adult men and women around the world. Snoring is that all-too-familiar, loud breathing noise created as a result of onstructed airways and the inability for air to pass through the throat while sleeping. When the air flow becomes onstructed from the mouth and nose is creates specific vibrations along the walls of the throat and mouth. This vibration is the resultant noise we know as snoring.
While snoring is mainly caused from ibstructed airways and is a surefire sign of Onstructed Sleep Apnea, there are anumber of other contributing factors that will lead to constant, sever snoring, including:
- Poor Muscle Tone & Strength (jaw, throat, tongue, and nasal passage muscles)
- Excess Tissue along the Throat
- Being Overweight or Obesity
- Long, Soft Palate and/or Uvula (the dangling tissue at the back of the mouth)
More than half of the world’s adults are known snorers, and 1 in every 15 americans suffer from a severe case of snoring. Snoring is not only an issue to the individual, the loud, often disruptive noise can make it difficult for the individuals spouse, or partner to get to bed as well – causing intimacy issues in relationships. This leads to both emotional and physical anguish due to the lack of rest, and REM sleep on both parties
Symptoms & Side Effects of Snoring Due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring is often the first and most noticeable symptom of OSA. And OSA can lead to the most severe snoring episodes possible. Common symptoms of chronic sleep apnea related snoring include:
- Daytime Drowsiness (Hypersomnia)
- Migraine Headaches
- Inability to Concentrate or Maintain Focus
- Decreased Libido or Sex Drive
Treatment protocols are highly dependent upon the patient and their specific type of snoring, will often make use of dental sleep appliances. Often times a true diagnosis of OSA requires use of a sleep study or polysomnogram be performed. For more information on treatment for sleep apnea, and dental sleep appliance therapy contact Dr. Pinkhasova today.