What Causes Snoring?

Why do you snore? The basic cause is anatomical: your airway isn’t wide enough. It might be wide enough during the day when you stand upright, but when you lie down, your muscles relax and gravity pulls your airway down. This makes your airway narrower. 

Breathing through a narrow airway creates a turbulent airflow. Think of the water going through a partly kinked garden hose. This turbulent airflow creates vibrations in your airway, and that’s what you hear. 

Snoring can be caused by narrowing at any point in the airway, such as the nose, soft palate, or throat. The loudest and most serious occurs in your throat. 

The Dangers

As we said, snoring is often portrayed as a joke, but it’s actually serious. A person might look like they’re sound asleep, but usually they’re short on oxygen, which means they’re not sleeping well. This can lead to daytime sleepiness. 

Sometimes, snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes some deadly conditions, including several fatal cardiovascular conditions. There is even some evidence it can cause some of these independently. 

Finally, we can’t neglect the household tensions caused by snoring is a common cause of divorce.

Effective Snoring Treatment Exists

We know that many snorers have sought an effective snoring treatment, only to be disappointed time and again by the unfulfilled promises of sprays, straps, and even mouthguards.

Our prescription oral appliances are customized to your anatomy. They are designed to work for you. In addition, we offer treatment with the DNA and orofacial myofunctional therapy, which seek to reshape and/or retrain your facial structures to improve your breathing. This can actually cure your snoring. 

Don’t Ignore Snoring

If you have been told that you snore, you might be tempted to ignore it. But don’t treat snoring lightly: treat it like the medical condition it is. We offer prescription snoring treatments designed for your anatomy to achieve the best results. To learn more about the treatments we offer, please call (920) 563-7323 today for an appointment at Bite Align, serving Jefferson County patients from our office in Fort Atkinson.