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Snoring is the noise made when the airway is compromised while sleeping. There is no noise when  you breathe normally, air passes quietly through the nose and past the flexible structures in the back of the throat, such as the soft palate, uvula, tonsils and tongue. When you are awake, the airway is held open by muscles. While you are asleep, these muscles relax, however, normally the airway keeps open and there is no noise.

Snoring happens when the throat structures are abnormally large and/or when sleeping, the throat muscles relax enough to cause the airway to collapse and partially hinder air flow. As the lungs are trying to suck and push air past these obstructions, these structures vibrate as the air rushes past, and the sound that we know as snoring occurs. Although snoring may be harmless, it can also be a signal of a more serious medical condition, such as upper airway resistance syndrome which can progress to obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring interrupts rest, and sleeping peacefully is so important to good health. Usually, people are not aware of themselves snoring, however  snoring can cause disrupted sleep for not only the individual that snores, but also their sleeping partner! This is known as “second hand snoring”. It may lead to fatigue and daytime sleepiness, which can have an affect on our ability to function effectively at home and at work, and may lead to health problems. It is important to eliminate snoring so everyone can get a restful night’s sleep and maintain good health.

If you snore, you are not the only one. Statistics show that approximately 40% of adults over the age of 40 snore some or all of the time. That number continues to grow, as the factors that cause snoring continue to be prevalent in today’s society. Normal, smooth, unobstructed breathing is of most importance to getting a good quality night’s sleep!

Snoring is a sign that something is not right with your breathing during sleep. Snoring is sometimes referred to as airway obstruction or obstructive sleep apnea. Apnea is the cessation of breath during sleep. Snoring and Sleep apnea can greater the risk of stroke, heart attack and hypertension. By using  custom-fitted mouth appliances.  Dr. Sarna, here at Dentistry on 7th in Hamilton, is able to  maintain the jaw in the correct position so that the  airway does not collapse. Whether it’s you or your child that suffers from this disorder, Dr. Sarna can help you before it could lead to permanent damage or even result in death.

Snoring Appliances are worn inside  the mouth at night. Your jaw is gently repositioned to optimize the airway while sleeping. 90% of the time Snoring Appliances are effective, and are not as intrusive as the alternatives, such as surgery and the CPAP system.

If you have any questions about snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, please speak with Dr. Sarna or any one of our Dentistry on 7th team members today.