Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring is defined as the noisy sound that occurs when the air passes through the throat during breathing and vibrates the surrounding soft tissues. Sleep apnea means stopping breathing during sleep. It is seen in 4 percent of young males, while it can be seen in 28 percent of males over 60 years old. Short, fat-bellied and short-necked men are at risk. Problems such as large tongue, sagging soft palate, long small tongue, small and rear-positioned chin, large tonsils and nasal concha predispose to sleep apnea. 

How do snoring and sleep apnea affect the body?

Because it disrupts the sleep quality of the person, it causes fatigue and weakness throughout the day. Heart attack and especially at night stroke risk may increase due to less oxygen supply to vital organs such as heart and brain.

Treatment:

  1. Avoiding some factors such as excess weight and alcohol that may be the basis for the disease,
  2. Surgical procedures (such as soft palate, adenoid and small tongue operations)
  3. Oral (Snoring Apparatus) and extra-oral (CPAP) appliances

CPAP is a machine that supplies compressed air to the mouth during sleep and provides adequate oxygen intake. It can be used in advanced cases where surgery cannot be performed. The snoring appliance is an intraoral apparatus used in cases where the soft palate and tongue base obstruct the airway, causing sleep apnea and snoring. This device allows the airway to relax by positioning the lower jaw more forward during sleep. You can get information about the Snoring Apparatus from our dentist.