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What Causes Snoring?

October 19, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf
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If you or your partner snores, you might wonder about the cause as you lie awake at night. Snoring can cause problems and put a strain on your relationship. If you have to sleep in separate rooms, it can cause resentment and intimacy problems. So, what causes this middle of the night disruption?

Snoring comes from the tissues at the back of your soft palate, tonsils, and throat that vibrate as you breathe in and out. Your muscles relax as you sleep and cause those tissues to loosen. Excessive snoring can actually cause more flabby tissue at the back of your throat and that is why snoring often worsens over time.

Causes of Snoring

Certain lifestyle choices like alcohol use and some medications can make snoring worse. One of the main causes of snoring is a serious, life-threatening condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). That means that your airway becomes restricted as you sleep, limiting the amount of oxygen that your body receives as well as disrupting your sleep, awakening you up to hundreds of times per night, though you may not remember.

Sleep apnea causes other serious medical conditions such as heart conditions, high blood pressure, fatigue, and depression. People who suffer from sleep apnea often feel tired throughout their days and have a hard time staying awake. That can mean danger behind the wheel and problems at work.

If you suffer from severe snoring, it would be wise to have your condition evaluated by an accredited sleep clinic. They can determine if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea either with a self-administered home test or an overnight sleep study. Once you receive a diagnosis, you can seek treatment. We offer an alternative to CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy in our Bridgeton, MO dental office. Oral appliance therapy is an approved treatment by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for mild to moderate OSA. 

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