What Causes Snoring & Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-breathing disorder characterized by breathing pauses that occur multiple times per hour during the night. Typically, these pauses in breathing are attributed to a blocked or partially blocked airway. These sleep-related breathing issues result in reduced oxygen flow to the vital organs and result in micro-awakenings that leave those impacted by OSA with a reduced quality of sleep and overall health.

Snoring is a typical sign that is often synonymous with a sleep-related breathing disorder like sleep apnea. For some, snoring is an occasional occurrence after a long day at work or a few too many drinks. However, if you find that either you or someone you love consistently snores, then there could be a significant disruption to their lives, relationships, and overall sense of health and well-being.

Every day, we hear the story of couples who are prevented from sleeping in the same room as their loved ones due to the severe snoring that occurs. This does not have to be your story and is why we have invested time and resources to be able to better treat any snoring and sleep apnea concerns that you have.

Unfortunately, an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from OSA, with 80 percent of suspected cases remaining undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea contributes to an increased risk of drowsy driving, workplace incidents, and serious health conditions such as stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many more. Thankfully, we have the ability with sleep apnea dentistry to predictably and successfully manage your sleep-related breathing concerns with our cutting edge technology using rhinometry and pharyngometry to measure and improve your airway.

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