Snoring is not a health related issue. It is a relationship issue since it bothers your bed partner’s sleep.
Snoring is just a loud sound caused by the vibration of tissue in the back of the throat when air passes through while breathing. During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased, soft tissues at the back of throat vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in “noisy breathing” or snoring.
The key thing about snoring is that the air flow is not interrupted, so it doesn’t affect your health.
But it can affect your relationship!
Surgical techniques used to remove respiration-impairing structures have shown only moderate success rates (20 to 40 percent). For the majority of snorers, however, the most affordable, noninvasive, comfortable and effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device.
If you are concerned about snoring and want to do something to eliminate it, Dr. Grande can assist you with advice and if necessary provide a custom oral appliance that will alleviate the problem.