Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliances

 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the airway, reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to the rest of your body. People with sleep apnea often snore loudly and can even stop breathing for short periods of time while sleeping.

Sleep apnea can lead to numerous health issues, including increased risk for stroke and heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain, depression, irritability, and accidents caused by daytime drowsiness. There are several treatments for sleep apnea, including simple oral appliances, behavioral therapy, and upper airway surgery.

 

Snoring

Snoring is a common and usually harmless occurrence. Similar to sleep apnea, snoring is caused by soft tissue in the throat obstructing your airway. Unlike sleep apnea however, snoring is the result of only a partial blockage of the airway, allowing you to continue breathing normally. Snoring can inhibit sleep for both yourself and a partner, leading to daytime drowsiness.

Treatments for snoring are similar to those for sleep apnea: oral appliances, behavioral therapy, and upper airway surgery.


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