Posted on 11/9/2020 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
Snoring is a loud warning that you have a problem with your respiration – something that may be corrected by oral surgery. If you want a permanent solution, we may be able to help. The following information details why snoring frequently indicates that you may not be breathing correctly.
Why Snoring Happens
Snoring can result from sleep apnea (a cessation in breathing during sleep) or from a lesser-known condition, known as upper airway resistance syndrome, or UARS. UARS happens when you don't get enough air into the pharyngeal airway. You can liken UARS to getting something you've eaten stuck in your throat and it went down the wrong pipe. The pharyngeal airway sits behind your nose and mouth. When this pipe narrows, snoring often occurs. While UARS does not trigger the same serous health issues as sleep apnea, it can lead to conditions that are associated with a lack of sleep. Snoring most often happens because of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, which causes interruptions in breathing and sleep, can lead to daytime drowsiness and dry mouth.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This form of sleep apnea results when the airway is blocked by the soft tissues in the mouth and throat. Severe sleep apnea increases the risk of death, and, left untreated, can trigger type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. While sleep apnea patients often rely on a CPAP machine to help them breathe, some people experience a resistance to the therapy. In this case, oral surgery may be a feasible option. In fact, if you have been struggling with snoring and sleep apnea for years, you may find that surgery is the best remedy.
If you have a problem with snoring, you need to find out more about the underlying cause. We can assess your condition as well and recommended surgery, if needed. Give us a call today for an evaluation and consultation. The more you know about sleep apnea and snoring, the easier it will be to make an informed decision.