Sleep Apnea - Snoring
Are you or your partner a snoring sufferer dealing with snoring or a snoring related illness such as sleep apnea and looking for a treatment for snoring? If you or someone you know has a snoring problem, this is definitely something you will want to read.
Snoring is an unfortunate sleep disorder which can be treated but first; let's take a look at what snoring is.
Snoring most commonly occurs during sleep when the snorer is breathing through his/her mouth. The noise from snoring is produced from the vibration of the uvula and soft palate which can range from a soft snorting noise to a rather loud and unpleasant noise resembling a chain-saw.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by having a blockage in the airway. There are many kinds of blockages but the most common ones are:
- Having the tongue fall into the back of the mouth
Are there health risks from snoring?
Most of the time, there is no health risk associated with snoring but snoring that results from having an obstruction in the airway can be a clear indication of the sleeping disorder - Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) -which can be potentially life-threatening.
If snoring is not caused by Sleep Apnea it can definitely take its toll on the snorer's bed partner and more serious cases, people in other rooms at opposite ends of the house!
So what can I do about snoring?
A Mandibular Advancement Device will work for you before committing a major purchase or a dentist fitted device. We do advise that if you do use a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), you have your mouth checked by a dentist after a few weeks use to ensure that you are not displacing teeth or irritating gums.
If you are considering surgery, please take at least 3 second opinions.