Is Snoring Always a Sign of Sleep Apnea?

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Snoring is among the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, but not all people who snore are suffering from this more serious condition. If you are a chronic snorer, it is best to have your symptoms evaluated by an experienced sleep doctor to determine if apnea is the cause. However, minus some of the other symptoms of sleep apnea, it is possible your condition is unrelated.

In addition to snoring, symptoms of sleep apnea may include:

  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Waking with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Mood swings

Sleep apnea causes breathing to stop, often for periods of ten or more seconds, during the regular sleep cycle. People who suffer from sleep apnea may, in addition to snoring, wake frequently during the night while choking or gasping for air. While this specific symptom may not be as obvious as persistent snoring, it is a much clearer indication of the presence of sleep apnea and should be brought to the immediate attention of a sleep specialist. So too should snoring in combination with any of the above symptoms.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring has many causes, some of which may be environmental or seasonal. Your physical anatomy, including mouth shape and neck circumference, can play a role in snoring. Colds, allergies, and other causes of nasal blockage may result in snoring as well.

Snoring may be exacerbated by alcohol consumption, narcotic use, or sleep-aids and medications. It may also be a result of sleep position and not getting sufficient rest. Cigarette smoking is also a common cause of snoring.

Because there can be many causes of snoring, it is always best to seek an evaluation when the condition becomes persistent. If removing an irritant or changing behaviors fails to produce results, it may be time to begin considering snoring treatments that can help eliminate airway obstruction and restore a full night’s sleep. Mission Viejo sleep dentist Dr. E.M. Makhoul welcomes an opportunity to discuss these treatments in greater detail and to help you find the best solutions for your needs.

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What Snoring Treatments are Available?

Treating snoring may be as simple as keeping your airways open while you sleep. Preventing the palate and soft tissue in the mouth and throat from collapsing may also be needed to prevent snoring. All of these issues can be addressed with the customized oral-appliances available through Dr. Makhoul.

Our snoring treatment is designed to hold the tongue in place and prevent the collapse of soft tissue, allowing air to flow unobstructed into the lungs. This method of treating chronic snoring has proven incredibly effective for our patients – including those who snore but do not have sleep apnea.

Snoring treatments offered by Dr. Makhoul are safe, effective, and unobtrusive, making them an ideal fit for men and women who struggle with this common condition. Please call Makhoul Dentistry at 949-596-0296 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Dr. E.M. Makhoul is an experienced and dedicated family dentist serving the communities of Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and Lake Forest. If you are looking for an effective snoring treatment in Orange County, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.