Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Although it may seem unusual to discuss your sleeping habits with your dentist, our dental practice offers treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which there are one or more pauses in your breathing or if you have very shallow breaths while you sleep. Sleep apnea is disruptive to your sleep since it puts you into a light sleep phase and gives you a low quality of sleep, therefore making you tired throughout the day. People who aren't getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep never feel rested.
When Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs, the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and completely block the airway, which restricts the flow of oxygen. The condition known as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), is midway between primary snoring and true obstructive sleep apnea. People with UARS suffer many of the symptoms of OSA but require special sleep testing techniques.