danger of snoring
Although the frequent subject of humor, in many cases, snoring
is no laughing matter! Not only does snoring disrupt the
sleep cycles of other family members, but in the case of sleep
apnea, snoring can be a sign of a dangerous health problem.
Sleep apnea actually cuts off the flow of oxygen to the brain,
and in severe cases can cause serious damage.
How snoring affects others
if sleep apnea is not indicated, the disruption of the sleep
cycles of family members can create a hazard. Recent studies
have indicated that repeated disruption of sleep patterns
can cause sufferers to perform motor skills at or below the
levels of individuals who are legally intoxicated! So even
if your snoring is not a sign of sleep apnea, it is likely
that your snoring could be a real threat to your loved ones,
because impaired reaction behind the wheel of an automobile
can lead to disaster regardless of the cause.
What causes snoring?
Quite simply, snoring is caused by a partially obstructed
airway. When you sleep, the soft tissue and muscles in your
mouth and throat relax, causing your airway to become smaller.
If your airway becomes small enough, your soft palate and
uvula begin to vibrate when you inhale and exhale. These vibrations
are the cause of the sound most people call snoring.
What can be done to stop snoring?
Dr Forman has recently completed a series of
classes on Sleep Apnea at the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey.
He has been taught procedures that will help
to treat some of the patients who suffer from these problems.
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea or snoring
should be first diagnosed by a sleep study. That way the optimal
treatment decisions can be made for them.
In moderate cases of Sleep Apnea, we utilize
a spescially designed removable appliance to help open up
the patient's airway. More severe cases may need various types
of machines which force air flow into the patient or different
types of surgery.