Snoring occurs when air passes through soft tissues at the back of the throat, causing those tissues to vibrate and creating noise in the process. This symptom can indicate the presence of sleep apnea, a condition in which a patient stops breathing for brief periods during the night.
Snoring is just one of many signs of sleep apnea. The others include:
Often, a patient’s sleeping partner alerts the patient to either the snoring issue or even audible pauses in breathing throughout the night.
When determining whether you may have sleep apnea, it also can be helpful to look at risk factors in addition to your symptoms. The following characteristics increase the likelihood of sleep apnea and snoring, including:
Patients who are experiencing any of these symptoms and/or have multiple sleep apnea risk factors should consider completing a sleep study to confirm a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. This can be completed in the comfort of your own home.
Once a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea has been confirmed, we can provide treatment that will address your snoring and any other symptoms you may have. If you’re concerned that treatment will involve some complicated regimen or a surgical solution, don’t be.
We find that many of our patients respond well to oral appliance therapy that holds either the jaw or the tongue in a forward position while you sleep, eliminating the conditions that are causing the obstruction. These appliances are custom-designed for maximum comfort and patient adherence.
Furthermore, because sleep apnea is associated with many serious health concerns, your wellness will improve when you get effective treatment as well. Rescuing your relationship is just one of many compelling reasons to pursue sleep apnea treatment.