Snoring isn’t just an annoyance. As the team at Designer Smiles in Fargo can assure you, it can be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious health condition.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is caused by an an airway obstruction in the throat or nasal cavity. The obstruction can be caused by:
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
- Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
- Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
- Long uvula or soft palate
- Nasal congestion
- Deviated septum
People who snore may have a condition called sleep apnea—a serious health condition in which your breathing lapses while you are snoozing. This can occur hundreds of times at night.
If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also impacted. Failure to get enough sleep contributes to a host of physical and mental conditions.
Most of us have experienced difficulty concentrating when we haven’t gotten enough sleep. Did you know that can limit a person’s motor function and reaction time as seriously as intoxication?
So why is a message about snoring and sleep deprivation in a dental blog? We can treat either of these potentially harmful conditions.
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