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Snoring

What kind of people snore?

Anybody can snore. It is not something associated with certain types or groups of people. Approximately 40% of women and 60% of men between 40 and 60 years of age snore.

Why do people snore? 

Snoring is a result of the vibration of the walls of the throat and the soft palate when one is sleeping. The greater the vibrations, the louder the snoring sound.

What causes snoring? What health risks are associated with snoring?

The hidden cause of snoring is obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is associated with many cases of snoring. Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know that they have it. In addition, they don’t even know that it can cause snoring.

Most people don’t know the health risks associated with sleep apnea. There are a number of health risks linked to snoring. They include;

1. Cardiovascular disease

2. Cancer

3. Excessive sleepiness during the day. This increases the risk of injury.

4. Increased early mortality risk

Obstructive sleep apnea: What is it?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition characterized by a stoppage in breathing during sleep. This happens many times when one is asleep. Due to the link between sleep apnea and snoring, it is important to have the snoring problem checked. This is done through a careful sleep study.

A sleep study is performed in a sleep clinic. With this, a medical doctor who specializes in the analysis of sleep carefully analyzes the results of your sleep.

Is it possible to solve your snoring and sleep apnea problem?

There is a simple and effective solution to sleep apnea and snoring. A trained dentist can create a specially designed mouth guard (also known as an oral appliance) to help you stop snoring. Each mouth guard is customized for each patient.

The mouth guards are placed in the mouth before sleeping. They treat sleep apnea and snoring right away. They work by repositioning the jaw as you sleep to keep the airway open. This prevents snoring.

Properly trained dentists have been trained for thousands of hour to assess and treat sleep apnea. They are also trained to assess and treat TMJ disorders. Close to 80% of people who have sleep apnea also suffer from TMJ syndrome. The treatment approach for these two conditions is very similar.

There is no better person to help you deal with a snoring problem than Dr. Goodfellow. He has diagnosed and treated hundreds of patients for snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders since 2005.