Posted on 9/7/2020 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
Snoring can happen for one of several reasons. Therefore, we need to know the underlying cause of the activity before we can treat it. The following gives you more information about why people snore and what can be done about it.
Why Do People Snore?
Snoring happens when the air flow is impaired during sleep. In turn, the tissues in the throat or nasal passages begin to vibrate. When this occurs, snoring results. A snorer may have excess throat and nasal tissue or may be relaxing the tongue during sleep, both which worsen this type of problem. If you sleep on your back, the tissue at the back of the throat may partially block the airway, which may cause you to snore as well. Sinusitis has also been cited as a reason some people snore.
How We Can Help
We can help you with a snoring problem that is related to your oral maxillofacial health. To do this, we first must determine the reason why you snore. For example, if you snore with your mouth closed, there may be a problem with how you position your tongue. Open-mouth snoring is often related to excess tissue in the throat. To open up the airway, we can perform an MMA or maxillomandibular advancement. This procedure moves the maxilla and mandibular jaws forward so breathing is less restricted. By taking this approach, we can reduce the incidence of snoring. We may also recommend a genioglossal advancement, which firms the muscle in the tongue. This is done by pulling the muscle forward, making it less relaxed during sleep. If we can define the exact reason for your snoring, we can offer you one of a number ways to end the problem permanently.
If you have snoring concerns, we can go over some of the prescribed treatments with you after we determine why you snore. Contact us anytime to arrange an appointment and consultation.