Snoring happens when our airway becomes partially blocked. With the narrowing of the airway, a vibration is created and makes a noise. Often this is a minor issue and can be easily treated with an oral appliance at nighttime.
In some cases, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to many different problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, depression and much more.
For a sleep apnea diagnosis, a sleep study is performed and a consult with an MD is needed. If diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, a treatment option may be an oral appliance. This is used to help maintain an open airway while you sleep by pushing your lower jaw forward allowing easier breathing and better sleep. Sometimes this is not an option and a CPAP must be used.
If you believe you or a loved one may have a problem with snoring or sleep apnea,
give us a call today so that we can help you rest again!
My wife kept complaining that my snoring was loud. I thought that is what all wives say! However, I mentioned it to Dr. Alder and he suggested that it may be due to sleep apnea. He was right! Luckily, I had a mild case of sleep apnea, so we have been treating it conservatively, but I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for Dr. Alder and for that I am incredibly grateful!
– Erik J., Patient
Newport Beach Dental