Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Childs, DDS, FICOI, FAGD & Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

Why do I snore?

There are a number of reasons for snoring. They can range from sleep apnea to the anatomy of your mouth and throat. Snoring occurs as your sleep progresses from light dozing to a deep sleep. The muscles in the roof of your mouth relax once you reach a state of deep sleep.

If the tissues in your throat relax enough, they can cause partial blockage of your airway, creating a vibration. As your airway becomes more constricted, the force of air becomes more forceful. That is why you (or your partner) may notice that your snoring gets louder when you are in a state of deep sleep.

Loud snoring is a very common symptom of sleep apnea. In this case it is common for snoring to be followed by periods of silence, indicating that breathing has stopped. When this happens, your body will wake itself up as it struggles to restore the flow of oxygen, causing you to make a loud snorting sound. With sleep apnea, this pattern can be repeated frequently as you sleep.

It’s important to consult with your doctor if you have a chronic problem with snoring. Childs and Childs will work with your physician and make arrangements for you to have a sleep study. Depending on the results of the study, we can determine if you are a candidate for a simple oral appliance that will help eliminate the dangers of sleep apnea.