What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused by airway obstructions during sleep. These obstructions may be caused by several factors or a combination of factors, including obstructed nasal airways, bulky throat tissue, poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue (the tissues are too relaxed), and a long soft palate or long uvula. These cause blockages in the airway that result in snoring. Snoring occurs more frequently in men than in women and in those who are overweight. While snoring may seem harmless, it is associated with several health risks. Not all snorers suffer from sleep apnea, but most patients with obstructive sleep apnea are snorers. If you snore frequently, you may need to be tested for sleep apnea. It is important to determine if you are breathing properly while you sleep.

What is a snoring appliance?

A snoring appliance is an oral appliance our dentist offers to treat snoring in Centennial, Colorado. The oral appliance fits snugly in your mouth during sleep and prevents obstructions in the airway. Snoring can thus be minimized or even stopped altogether, helping you and your bed partner achieve a better night’s sleep. For more information about snoring appliances and treatment, we invite you to contact Dr. Scott Lindsay at Peak Dental Care today. We are eager to care for you!