August 20, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea   OSA   CSA   bite guard   night guard   sleep therapy  

Many people consider snoring to be one of the most annoying habits that someone can have. After all, no one wants to have their sleep disrupted because someone who is in earshot starts snoring. And, for people who snore, this habit can be extremely embarrassing when going on a business trip or sleeping at a friend’s house. 


If you snore, you shouldn’t be embarrassed; almost 50% of people snore on a regular basis. But, is snoring just an annoying noise, or is actually a sign of a health disorder?


Snoring occurs when someone’s airways are partially blocked, causing vibrations in the throat as air tries to pass through. It is important to note that, if you are healthy and fit, snoring should not occur. The most common cause of snoring is being overweight and having fatty tissues blocking your airway. It is also important to note that, usually, children will not snore. If they do, it is probably the result of tonsils or adenoids that are too large. A simple tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy will solve the issue. 

Sleep Apnea

Snoring, in reality, is something that is not overly serious. Typically, if you are overweight and snoring, you can lose some weight and your snoring will be relieved. However, in certain cases, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. 


Dr. Samuels lists some causes of snoring below: 


- Poor muscle strength in your throat, tongue, and mouth area

- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids

- Growths in the throat (tumors, cysts, etc.)

- A stuffy nose


If you are a snorer, a major disease that it may be associated with is sleep apnea. Studies show that roughly 50% of snoring cases are a result of the person suffering from sleep apnea. In order to properly determine what is causing your snoring, you need to receive a sleep study. If it determined that you have sleep apnea, either obstructive or central, it can lead to many other health issues. These include: 



Cardiovascular Disease

- Diabetes

- And many others… 


Stay tuned to our social channels and blog for our next blog article. Dr. Samuels will take a deeper look at sleep apnea and discuss the two separate types of sleep apnea. 


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