SNORING is the noisy sound of airflow during sleep when air rushes through a narrow airway and vibrates the soft palate, uvula, and sides of the throat. Habitual snoring is one of the most common sleep-related breathing disorders, which affects one third of the population, estimated in about 40% of adult men and in about 24% of adult women.
While snoring seems to be just a noisy sound and harmless to the snorer, it disrupts sleep partner's quality of sleep and quality of health. This not only causes impaired social relationships and embarrassment, but often times the sleep partner may not want to sleep in the same room which in consequence increases the chance of break up or divorce.
Habitual loud snoring is an early indication of a potentially life threatening serious medical condition called "Obstructive Sleep Apnea" and it is highly recommended to have a consultation with a physician for sleep study.
Traditionally, there was no easy treatment method to stop snoring, except surgically removing part of the soft tissue and uvula in the mouth or insert small plastic pillar in the soft palate to stiffen the tissue. The good news is that modern dentistry has figured out how to stop snoring and/or reduce the noise dramatically in a very simple and easy way: (Refer to Oral Appliance Therapy)
TMJ, Head & Neck Pain Center would love to meet you and your family and provide you with the Sleep Apnea & TMJ care you need to give you the well being you deserve!