Snoring occurs when the air flow from the mouth or nose to the lungs causes the tissues of the throat to vibrate during sleep. This vibration can make a loud, raspy noise. Because snoring occurs during sleep, you may not realize that you do it. However, your partner may notice that you snore and that you sleep with your mouth open. Snoring can keep you or your partner from getting a good night’s sleep, causing one or both of you to feel drowsy during the day. Snoring is more common in men than in women. Dr. Kenneth Schweizer treats snoring in Sarasota, Florida.
If you snore, the muscles in the roof of the mouth, tongue, and throat relax too much during sleep. This blocks or narrows your airway and causes your soft palate and uvula to vibrate and knock against the back of your throat. This is what causes the snoring sounds. Our dentist may supply you with a snoring appliance. This custom-fitted device is worn during sleep. It moves your jaw and tongue forward, which keeps your airway open and prevents snoring.
We invite you to contact our dental office to learn more about snoring appliances and to schedule your next appointment.