Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by relaxation of throat muscles, causing the soft tissue in rear of the throat collapses and closes, resulting in narrowing or total closure of the airway.
When your airway is narrow, you or your partner may notice that you snore. Snoring is often no greater problem than the noise itself. However, loud snoring may be the sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Snoring is usually loudest when you sleep on your back, and it quiets when you turn on your side. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, we encourage you to talk to our sleep apnea dentist about your treatment options.
Ask our experts for more of the details, if you experience the following:
- Snoring loud enough, and bothersome to others
- Gasping and choking sensations from sleep
- Restless sleep
- Witnessed intermittent pauses in your breathing during sleep
- Shortness of breath during sleep