Millions of Americans snore, and while snoring in and of itself is not a dire medical condition, it may be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep.
Some people are able to stop snoring by losing weight, avoiding tobacco and limiting alcohol before bed. But for others, professional intervention is the only way to stop snoring and get a better night’s sleep.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is a noise caused by vibrations in the airway. When we sleep, the muscles in the back of the mouth relax. As air passes over them, they can vibrate producing a snoring sound. In the case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the muscles obstruct the airway and disrupt normal breathing.
Anyone can snore, but studies indicate that men, older adults and people who are overweight are more likely to snore. Other factors that contribute to snoring are habits such as alcohol use, smoking and use of sedatives.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep breathing disorder. The most noticeable sign of OSA is snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is considered a serious medical condition and can contribute to cardiovascular problems, fatigue and complications with medications and surgery.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring Solutions
If lifestyle changes are not possible or make no impact on your snoring or sleep apnea, you may need to seek professional treatment. Dr. Finlay treats snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. These are custom made, removable dental devices designed to keep the airways open during sleep and prevent snoring.
How Does a Snore Guard Work?
- Repositions the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate or uvula
- Stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue
- Increases the muscle tone of the tongue
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Snoring affects not just the snorer, but the sleep partner as well. Contact Scott Finlay, DDS & Associates, PA of Annapolis, MD to find out if a snore guard is right for you.