#Snoring in itself is not usually more than a nuisance. Many people snore when sleeping in a particular position, when congested, when in deep sleep, even after a night of heavy drinking. In these cases, snoring can be addressed by something as simple as a decongestant, or an elbow in the ribs. However, chronic snoring can be a problem, leading to sleep problems in a partner. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, treatment of chronic snoring resulted in 62 more minutes of sleep each night for the partner as well as half as many night-wakening's. In addition, snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea.

What is Snoring?

Sound is produced by vibrations, and snoring is the sound of vibrating tissue in our throat, mouth, and/or nose as a result of restricted airflow. Between 40 and 60% of adults snore. One of the main causes of snoring is the loosening of muscles during sleep. When those muscles relax, the soft tissue of the throat and mouth loosens, potentially leading to an obstruction of air flow. Following this reduction of airflow, the brain might suffer mild oxygen deprivation, which can contribute to serious medical conditions over time.

Snoring can become a problem

  • When you disturb your sleep partner or others in your home
  • When you wake up because of your snoring, and lose sleep
  • When you wake up to catch your breath because you stopped breathing

Mild snoring only occurs under certain circumstances, and will stop when you turn over or relieve your congestion. Severe snoring persists and becomes chronic snoring that can make it hard for your sleep partner or even you to sleep. Insufficient sleep causes:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Low productivity and poor job performance
  • Lack of ambition
  • An increased risk of auto accidents
  • Depression
  • Marital strife
  • Low libido

Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds, and at least 5 times in an hour.
But there is help out there!

Over time, untreated snoring can represent a significant oxygen shortage for the brain. Oxygen shortage to the brain stimulates increased cardiovascular activity, which can lead to:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Other cardiovascular conditions and diseases, including aortic dissection
  • Stroke

Dental devices to correct snoring

The sound of snoring is caused by vibration of the soft palate and tongue, for which many treatment options exist. Dental devices prevent the vibration by pulling the jaw and tongue forward to open up the airway more. They are a type of orthotic that you can wear at night. Unlike the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, which may be necessary for the treatment of sleep apnea, this orthotic is a small, self-contained unit that requires no machinery and will not disturb your sleep partner.

In severe cases, surgery might be recommended.

Please contact us to arrange a free consultation and learn more about treatments for snoring that can prevent the long-term negative effects of snoring. Dr. Shapira will help you identify the severity of your snoring problem and pinpoint its causes before recommending treatment.

Call us today at 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK