Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What causes snoring? Although there are several causes of snoring, it is mainly caused by the tongue relaxing in the back of your throat while asleep; this happens to all your muscles during sleep. The tongue partially blocks your normal air flow causing air moving through the restricted throat opening to make that hollow rushing sound we call snoring.
Why should I care if I snore? Snoring is not just a nuisance to your partner but can be an indication of a more serious health issue. Too often the person snoring is not aware that there’s a problem. If we have a partner, our snoring is seriously disturbing them, causing them to have their own preventable sleep issues.
What possible health problems can snoring indicate? Snoring causes your heart to pump harder because of the lack of oxygen entering the lungs. Oxygen flowing to your brain is greatly reduced for 8 hours a day. Imagine what that must do to your thinking ability. Statistics show that serious sleep deprivation is an underlying factor in heart conditions, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes and possible cancer. Snoring should be taken seriously and treated immediately.
What is CPAP therapy? CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy is the most commonly recommended and the most effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Do men snore more than women? Snoring is much more prominent in men than in women.
Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea dangerous? YES! Is Sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, personality changes, impotence, depression and nocturia. One of the most significant symptom is excessive daytime sleepiness. Because of excessive sleepiness, tired drivers have a higher propensity for auto accidents.
Do oral appliances really work in treating snoring and apnea? Definitely, YES! In 2006 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine published a position paper stating that oral appliances are comparable therapy to CPAP machine for significant and very significant sleep apnea.
Will the inexpensive boil and bite mouthpieces I see advertised on TV, intended to treat snoring and sleep apnea, work as well as a custom designed oral appliance made by a qualified dentist? No, they will not. Research has shown that simple boil and bite mouthpieces are not effective in treating sleep apnea.
How does my weight affect my snoring? Weight has a direct impact on one’s snoring and apnea. The severity of sleep disordered breathing will fluctuate with the ups and downs of one’s weight gains and losses.
My spouse literally STOPS BREATHING during sleep. IT SCARES me to death! Is this normal? NO, THIS IS NOT NORMAL. It is a symptom of a far more serious problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.