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Dr. David Hershkowitz (718)468-3434

The Office for Dental Arts
The Office for Dental Arts

Sleep Apnea

What Causes Snoring

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
  • Morning Headaches
  • Extreme daytime sleepiness
  • Frequent nocturnal urination – Nocturia
  • Night time Reflux / Heartburn / GERD
  • Memory deficit
  • Depression
  • Hypertension / high blood pressure
  • Diabetes


Blocked Airway

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.

Open Airway

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.


Learn More About aveoTSD

Give us a call at 718-468-3434. We will be happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation for you (or your spouse).