What is Snoring?
Snoring is the sign of a breathing problem. It occurs when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the smaller opening. This creates sound vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Snoring can easily affect your quality of life. It can be embarrassing and inconvenient, and can cause problems in relationships.
An estimated 40% of adults over age 40 snore. For about 5 in 100 people, however, loud snoring is an important sign of a more serious medical problem called obstructive sleep apnea. Please see our web page on Sleep Apnea.
Primary snoring, without obstructive sleep apnea, is not known to cause any medical problems. An oral appliance made by a dentist can reduce or eliminate most snoring. This same type of oral appliance is also a treatment option to treat mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance to treat snoring or sleep apnea is called a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS). The forward movement of an MAS tightens the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction while you sleep. It also prevents the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating as air passes over them, which is the major cause of snoring.
Here at Crow Family Dentistry, Dr. Don Crow is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is part of a medical team of specialists in Snohomish County available to help treat these common problems of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
For a consultation with Dr. Crow call Crow Family Dentistry today.
Please visit www.everettdentalsleepmedicine.com to learn more about snoring disorder and sleep apnea.