Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Dr. Van Fossen has been treating patients with snoring and sleep apnea appliances since 2008.  There are several types of dental appliances that can help with these 2 conditions and it is important to understand the difference between the conditions and the appropriate treatment types for both.

Snoring is the harsh sound that occurs when your breathing is partially obstructed in some way while you are sleeping.  Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, generating the irritating sounds.  In some cases,  snoring may indicate a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. 

 Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.  You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's rest.  There are two main types of sleep apnea, central and the more common obstructive.  Dental appliances can treat the latter.  If you have been told you snore or want to discuss treatments, please let us know.