Snoring happens when the flow of air from the mouth or nose to the lungs causes the tissues of the throat to vibrate when you sleep. The vibration of tissues makes a loud, raspy noise. Because you are asleep when it occurs, you may not realize that you snore. However, your partner may hear you snoring or notice that you sleep with your mouth open. Snoring can make it hard for you or your partner to get a good night’s sleep. Because of this, one or both or you may feel tired during the day. Snoring occurs more often in men than in women. When needed, Dr. Gregory J. Brandau will treat snoring in Sarasota, Florida.
When you snore, the muscles in your tongue, mouth, and throat relax too much when you sleep, causing your airways to become narrow or blocked. The soft palate and uvula will then vibrate and hit against the back of your throat. This causes the sound of snoring. To prevent this, our dentist may supply you with a custom-fitted snoring appliance. This device moves your tongue and jaw forward, thus keeping your airway unobstructed and preventing you from snoring.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact Sterling Dental today.