Snoring is caused by a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep due to any or all of the following:
Large tonsils and uvula, a soft palate, and over-relaxed muscles and tongue falling back into the oropharynx.
Snoring occurs because air travels faster through the narrowed airway causing the relaxed soft tissues of the
throat ( tonsils, soft palate, uvula or excessive flabby tissue ) to vibrate. This vibration is the sound of snoring.
In some cases, nasal congestion from allergies, nasal cavity deformities and internal obstructions, can contribute
to narrowing of the airway.
Is Snoring Harmful
Snoring may be symptomatic of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea ( OSA ).
The word ‘Apnoea’ is Greek for ‘without breath’, where the tongue is completely sucked against the back of the throat and blocks breathing.
OSA Signs and Symptoms
Snoring, gasping, irregular breathing during sleep
Stopped breathing ( apnoeic ) episodes during sleep
Extreme daytime sleepiness
Frequent nocturnal urination – Nocturia
Night time Reflux / Heartburn / GERD
Hypertension / high blood pressure
In this M.R.I.* image, the tongue falls to the back of the airway as a person lies asleep. This blocks the airway, leading to Obstructive Sleep Apnea and /or snoring.
This M.R.I. image shows the aveoTSD stabilizing the tongue gently forward, preventing it falling back and obstructing the airway. Note how the airway is now open and clear. This stops or greatly reduces snoring and prevents obstruction of airway, treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
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