Causes of Snoring

When it comes to snoring there isn’t just one specific cause. It happens when the tissues located in the throat and in the soft palate vibrate. This vibration is caused by a narrowed airway, when air is not able to flow freely in and out as a person breathes during sleep. There are various tissues that may be the culprit of it. These may include any number of the following:

  • Soft palate
  • Uvula
  • Tongue
  • Excess fatty tissue in the throat
  • Tonsils and/or adenoids

When It’s More Than Just Snoring

While snoring is sure to affect anyone in the room with you while you are sleeping, the fact is that it can be a sign of something more serious. A lot of patients who snore often find that they are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. This usually occurs between 10-30 seconds an apneic episode which occurs hundreds of times a night in some sleep apnea sufferers. During the apneas, the patient is sleeping at night without breathing properly. This can be extremely damaging to the body, especially in the long run.

It may be helpful to read more about sleep apnea, what it is, and how it affects you if you are a chronic snorer.

You don’t want to go on ignoring the many dangers that snoring causes. The first step to enjoying snore-free nights is to consult a Colorado sleep dentist such as Dr. Berry, an experienced professional who serves Denver and all of Colorado.

Dental mouth appliances to help with snoring

The Silent Nite and EMA Snoring Devices

End Your Snoring Forever

For many patients, sleep apnea and snoring go hand in hand. While there are plenty of anti-snoring devices that may be able to eliminate your snoring problem, you want to do more than just treat the symptoms if you have sleep apnea.
Find a dentist who knows that finding the cause of the problem is what is most important. Dr. Berry will work with you to determine what could be causing your nighttime problems.

Treat Snoring with eXciteOSA®

eXciteOSA® is a treatment for snoring that you use during the day. It’s a device that sends electrical pulses to your tongue to improve the function of your upper airway muscles. Talk to Dr. Berry about this daytime snoring treatment.

To meet with Dr. Berry, you will need to schedule a consultation. Make a quick call to our office at (303) 691-0267 to set up an appointment time. You can also contact us online by filling out our online contact form. Don’t continue to live with this problem.

Self Screening: Do You Have Problems Sleeping?

man suffering from sleep apnea

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

This self-administered test is used to determine your level of daytime sleepiness which can be caused by sleep apnea.