Snoring sounds can occur when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses onto the soft palate. The result is a narrowed air passageway. As you breathe, this area opens and closes with a noisy result.
Your snoring may be a symptom of a condition called sleep apnea. With Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the air passageway not only becomes narrow, but you actually stop breathing altogether! These pauses can last for up to a minute, and they can recur hundreds of time each night.
Many people with sleep apnea snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. Regular snoring does not generally wake you up during the night – however, there is a good change it wakes up your partner.
Is My Snoring a Symptom of Sleep Apnea?
Do you wake up numerous times during the night gasping?
Are you exceptionally tired during the day?
Do you wake up with a headache?
Do you effortlessly doze off during the day?
Are your mouth and throat noticeably dry when you wake up in the morning?
Snoring is more than an annoyance; it has substantial health consequences. Sleep apnea is even more dangerous because it completely cuts off the oxygen flow.
Your dentist may provide Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). A custom-made mouthpiece can keep your airway open throughout the night. Schedule an appointment online today to talk to Dr. Michael Colleran in San Luis Obispo about your snoring.
Dr. Colleran is a nationally renowned dental author and lecturer and an expert on laser dentistry. He has spoken across the country on laser dentistry and had articles appear in several professional journals. He is also sought after by dental manufacturers as a consultant for product evaluation and research. Dr. Colleran is an instructor for the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, which teaches LANAP and other laser dental procedures to dentists from across the globe.