Snoring occurs due to an obstruction of the airflow through the mouth and nose usually due to obstructed nasal airways, poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, bulky throat tissue, or long soft palate and/or uvula. It is a very common condition but typically occurs in men and people that are overweight. Age can worsen the degree of snoring.
Sleep apnea occurs when regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. This is a common and very serious sleep disorder and can affect anyone at any age even children. Additional risk factors include: being male, overweight, over 40, family history, large neck size (17inches or greater), gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), and having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jawbone.
Snoring often accompanies sleep apnea. If left untreated sleep apnea can contribute to health- related problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart problems (heart attack, heart failure, or irregular heartbeats), diabetes, depression, worsening of ADHD, and headaches.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
* Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): OSA is caused by blockage of the airway due to collapsed soft tissue in the back of the throat. OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea.
* Central sleep apnea: This type of sleep apnea is caused when there is a failure in the brain to send signals to the muscles in the chest to breath. This is a dysfunction of involuntary breathing and is due to the instability of the respiratory control center.
There are several options to treat sleep apnea including:
* Adjusting sleep habits (not sleeping on back)
* Continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) (this device provides air pressure while sleeping to keep your airways open.
* Dental oral appliances to prevent the airway from collapsing.
Dental Oral Appliance
A Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) is a scientifically proven option for snoring and sleep apnea (mild to moderate). It has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. The MAS prevents collapsing of the tissue of the throat and tongue keeping your airways clear.
MAS has a 95% success rate at treating snoring problems and an 80% success rate in treating mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.