Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Caused by a narrowing or blocking of the airway, snoring disrupts the airflow and causes the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate. The uvula vibrates during inhalation and creates the snore sound. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.
In addition to annoying those around you, snoring can also disrupt your own sleep and more importantly impact your overall health. It can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating or headaches.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable.
Mild sleep apnea can often be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, positional therapy, or by wearing an appliance to help maintain an open airway while you sleep.