Did you know snoring can be controlled with an oral appliance?!
A look at what you look like on the inside will help us discuss things intelligently. Stop hyperventilating, yes you – it ain’t brain surgery. It’s not as hard as you think it is. Just take a good look at the diagram -everything is clearly labeled.
Not so bad, pretty easy to understand, yes? Most of the structures, we will be talking about are clearly labeled.
So many people snore, everyone thinks it’s normal…
Snoring is the sound you make when you breathe through your nose and mouth while you are asleep. That’s pretty obvious. It happens when air doesn’t move smoothly through the air passages making the soft tissue in the throat vibrate.
The Sounds of Snoring
The sound of snoring comes from the uvula, the back of the tongue and the other soft tissues of the throat flapping as air passes over them when you breathe during sleep. It’s very much like the sound a flag makes when it waves in the wind. This can happen even when the tissues are normal size because when you fall asleep the muscles in the throat, soft palate and uvula relax.
Airway blockage is the root cause of all snoring problems. When you snore, your airway is partially blocked by the soft tissues in the back of the throat, b the back of the tongue and by the soft palate and uvula. This causes a decrease of air flow to the lungs. A decrease in air flow causes a lack of oxygen to the brain.
At the very minimum, at least 30% of adults snore on a regular basis and up to 50% snore occasionally. Men snore more than women at a ratio of 2:1 but women do snore. Snoring increases with increasing age and increasing weight. Allergies, asthma, colds and sinus infections increase the risk of snoring.
Drinking an alcoholic beverage before you go to sleep, being overweight, smoking or overeating all can make the problem worse as can some medications like muscle relaxants In some people simply sleeping on their back can cause snoring.
Snoring can ruin your sex life, and more…
Medical problems associated with snoring
So what can you do about snoring…
*American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2008, March 1). Snoring Linked To Cardiovascular Disease, Increased Health-care Utilization.
Between 20%-50% of the Pediatric & Adolescent population seen in the dental chair may have a sleeping disorder, often un-diagnosed. Unlike in adults where the chief complaint is fatigue and snoring, children experience daytime hyperactivity, behavioral issues, irritability, neurocognitive impairment, and poor school performance. Quality of sleep has a huge impact in the lives of our children. As a dentist trained in Dental Sleep Medicine there are varies internal and external oral signs and symptoms we witness during our oral examinations day in and day out in our office.
Just to mention a few:
The AAP ( American Academy of Pediatric) guidelines recommend that children who snore be tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. If the child is diagnosed with OSA the recommended procedure is Adenotosillectomy, weight loss, or CPAP if surgery is not conducted. If you know any kids suffering with these symptoms come in for a complimentary Dental Sleep Apnea screening or call us at 305.535.2225 for more information.
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The expertise of SoBeDentist’s Drs. Escoto and Mantovani goes above and beyond cosmetic and general dentistry––for which they are members of several state and national associations––to address sleep apnea and TMJ jaw disorders as well. In addition to relying on them for cleanings, implants, and braces, their patients come to them when they need help screening for sleep apnea or with TMJ symptoms such as headaches, vertigo, ringing of the ears, or head and neck pain. Both pros graduated from New York University’s School of Dentistry, and each has a set of specialties. Dr. Escoto focuses on Neuromuscular dentistry and is fluent in both Spanish and English. Dr. Mantovani specializes in surgery, and has a glimmering list of job and educational experiences that has influenced his career.
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