Snoring isn’t just an annoyance; it can have serious health consequences. Fortunately, there are treatment options at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is most often caused by an an obstruction that restricts the flow of air in the throat. The obstruction can be caused by:
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
- Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
- Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
- Long uvula or soft palate
- Nasal congestion
- Deviated septum
Snoring may also be a sign of sleep apnea—a serious health condition in which your breathing lapses while you sleep. This can occur hundreds of times at night.
If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also influenced. Failure to get enough restorative sleep contributes to a plethora of physical and mental conditions.