Snoring can be a sign of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is often an indication of a sleep condition known as obstructive sleep apnea that causes sufferers to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night.
The condition occurs when the tongue, throat muscles and/or throat tissues relax and block the proper flow of air. Snoring is a result of air being forced through a narrowed airway.
SNORING SHOULDN’T BE IGNORED
One of the clearest indications of developing sleep apnea is snoring. Snoring occurs in the same way as speaking, singing, and laughter – air is vibrating against your mouth, throat, and tongue. While a minor blockage of your airway may not result in significantly hindered breathing, patients often still struggle with inhaling and exhaling properly. Over time, this blockage can become more severe and manifest into an actual case of sleep apnea.
If you’re a chronic snorer but aren’t a victim of sleep apnea just yet, Dr. Stirneman is likely to still recommend oral appliance therapy. This can help prevent the future development of sleep apnea associated health concerns like heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and more.
Treating Snoring with an Oral Appliance
Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss oral appliance therapy as a treatment option for persistent snoring.