The danger of snoring
Although the frequent subject of humor, in many cases, snoring
is no laughing matter! Not only does snoring disrupt the
sleep cycles of other family members, but in the case of sleep
apnea, snoring can be a sign of a dangerous health problem.
Sleep apnea actually cuts off the flow of oxygen to the brain,
and in severe cases can cause serious damage.
How snoring affects others
Even if sleep apnea is not indicated, the disruption of the
sleep cycles of family members can create a hazard. Recent
studies have indicated that repeated disruption of sleep patterns
can cause sufferers to perform motor skills at or below the
levels of individuals who are legally intoxicated! So even
if your snoring is not a sign of sleep apnea, it is likely
that your snoring could be a real threat to your loved ones,
because impaired reaction behind the wheel of an automobile
can lead to disaster regardless of the cause.
What causes snoring?
Quite simply, snoring is caused by a partially obstructed
airway. When you sleep, the soft tissue and muscles in your
mouth and throat relax, causing your airway to become smaller.
If your airway becomes small enough, your soft palate and
uvula begin to vibrate when you inhale and exhale. These vibrations
are the cause of the sound most people call snoring.
What can be done to stop snoring?
Many traditional treatments use cumbersome pressurization
equipment to open the airway. A simpler, and more effective
method is to keep the airway open by utilizing the Silent-Nite
appliance that maintains proper jaw alignment for
safe and healthful sleep. This mouthpiece, similar to a sports
mouthpiece, allows the patient to breathe through either the
nose or mouth.
|On the left, without a Silent-Nite, the patient's
lower jaw relaxes and causes his airway to constrict,
resulting in snoring. On the right, with the Silent-Nite
in place, the lower jaw is maintained in proper position
so the airway remains open, and snoring is eliminated.
If someone is snoring in your house, please make an appointment
for a consultation.