Many people snore while they are asleep. While this is an annoying habit for those who sleep next to you, in some cases, snoring may also be an indication of an underlying health problem such as a sleeping disorder.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition characterized by short and frequent pauses in breathing while a person sleeps. These pauses can occur multiple times in a night and can severely impact your health and quality of your life. Some of the common signs of obstructive sleep apnea are:
If not treated, sleep apnea puts you at a higher risk of daytime accidents and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart problems.
Snoring occurs when your airway tissues relax while sleeping. This produces a vibrating sound. Not all who snore suffer from sleep apnea, but it is a common symptom amongst those who do suffer from the condition. Regular snoring partially blocks your airway but does not lead to major breathing problems while you sleep. Snoring caused by sleep apnea partially or fully blocks the airway, causing difficulty in breathing, forcing a person to wake up again and again, gasping for air.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and the snoring associated with it. These appliances are custom made and are worn while you sleep. They work by supporting the lower jaw in a frontward position to prevent airway blockage.