Spencer Z. Forman, DMD, Jamesburg, NJ
Sleep Apnea and Snoring

man snoringThe 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

woman tiredEven 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.

 

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