Snoring is disordered breathing during sleep. The snoring sound is caused by the vibration of soft tissue as air passes through the nose past the soft palate and towards the lungs. Usually snoring impacts on the bed partner of a snorer more than the person themselves. But snoring can be more than just a disturbing sound. Loud snoring and gasping for breath can be a sign of a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea where the airway collapses during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects up to 24% of adult males and 9% of adult females. It is more prevalent than asthma or diabetes. Despite this, 90% of cases are not diagnosed. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, daytime sleepiness, pauses in breathing while sleeping and sexual dysfunction. Signs in the mouth include acid erosion, chipping of front teeth and scalloping on the sides of the tongue. Sleep Apnea is a very serious condition as it decreases the amount of oxygen received by the brain and organs and increases your risk of heart attack by 25 times.
Early screening and intervention is critical. By improving the sleep in someone with obstructive sleep apnea, we can help improve daytime work performance, reduce driving related accidents and prevent unnecessary death.
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