Snoring is a breathing noise that occurs while someone is sleeping. The actual snoring sound is produced from the vibration of the soft palate and sides of the throat when air rushes against them. The sound of snoring occurs when the airway collapses and the muscles fail to maintain their normal function.
A few of the medical and dental conditions that can lead to snoring are:
- A small, retruded jaw
- Alcohol before retiring to bed
- Airway obstruction
Snoring: Is Something Wrong?
Normal breathing occurs when air passes through the throat on its way to the lungs. Air travels past the soft, flexible structures such as the soft palate, uvula, tonsils, and tongue. In the daytime, muscles surrounding these structures tighten to prevent blockage of the airway. When sleeping, the jaw falls back and, because the tongue is attached to the jaw, it obstructs the airway. This leads to a reduction in air flow, a snoring sound, and/or sleep apnea.
Snoring can affect your life in more ways than you realize. Let’s closely examine the symptoms you or your loved one may experience from non-restful sleep:
- Difficulty concentrating/learning
- Reduced sex drive
- Daytime fatigue
- Memory loss
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Increased blood pressure
- Cardiovascular problems
Snoring Is No Laughing Mater
In fact, 75 million people in the U.S. suffer from snoring. Of these people, 18 million are undiagnosed sleep apnea sufferers. For many, snoring does not involve a serious medical disorder; however, snoring can be a warning sign of a serious health problem where the airway closes during sleep, which may even become life-threatening. The tongue plays a major role in snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) because the tongue has a tendency to relapse into the airway when sleeping.
Indications of poor sleep include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Headache or TM jaw soreness upon awakening
- Restless or fragmented sleep; gasping for air
- Dozing easily when reading, sitting, or driving
- Anxiety with breathlessness
- Loss of interest in sex
Dr. Ariz and Dr. Arami understand that a snoring problem can be detrimental to your health, which is why we offer custom orthopedic oral appliances at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Fernando Valley that can stop it. Call our doctors today if you would like to learn more about treatment for snoring in Northridge, California.