Under normal circumstances, breathing during sleep occurs automatically and silently with the passage of air through the nose to the lungs. The sound of snoring is produced when the air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing rattling and vibration. Factors such as obesity, having a cold, alcohol consumption, the anatomy of your mouth, large tonsils, chronic nasal congestion, a deviated septum, the use of sedative medications, nasal polyps, a small jaw and later stages of pregnancy can contribute to a higher risk of snoring. Snoring can vary in severity and frequency.
A polysomography test (PSG) typically consists of an all night recording test that measures sleep stages, heartbeat, breathing, electrocardiogram, blood oxygenation and arm and leg movements. There is also home sleep test (HST) which can be done at home and the data is analyzed by a board certified sleep physician.
Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, but not all people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea. If snoring is the only symptom and no diagnosis of sleep apnea is made, snoring may not cause any physical risk but it may nevertheless cause sleep problems for bed partners.
Your dentist will complete a comprehensive evaluation of the face, head and neck and the upper airway.
Your dentist may recommend lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and sedatives, avoiding sleeping on your back, reducing nasal congestion, and mandibular advancement devices.
Snoring can be caused by one or a combination of the following: having a blocked nose, sleeping on your back, alcohol consumption, and sleeping on your back.
A thorough evaluation to consider all factors that may be contributing to your snoring is very important, since snoring may be caused by several factors. Management options include side sleeping, weight loss, CPAP device, oral mandibular advancement device, nasal sprays or a combination of these treatments.
Snoring in the absence of obstructive sleep apnea is not considered a physical health risk but you may want to consider treating it if your bed partner is complaining about your snoring since they might not be getting enough sleep.
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