Sleep Apnea Treatment Du Bois PA

Snoring

Snoring arises when the air passage is blocked which inhibits easy and normal breathing during sleep.

When awake the muscles of the throat keep the throat open but when asleep these muscles go into a relax mode and sag inward. Snoring occurs when these muscles collapse (i.e. become too lax), creating a blockage at the airway.

The orchestrated snoring movement opens with the excessive vibration of the uvula and the soft palate as air is being forced through the narrow air passage way to reach the lungs. The soft palate is the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities. It is just behind the hard palate and it has no bones. The uvula is that small piece of soft tissue dangling down from the soft palate over the back of the tongue.

The sound of snoring varies with the degree of obstruction. A nasal blockage causes one to breathe through the mouth which can lead to snoring. In an open-mouth position the tongue is pushed back causing the uvula to press against the back of the throat.

An air blockage whereby the muscles of the throat either become too lax or swell can be caused by alcohol, smoking, sleeping pills, blocked nose, sinusitis, enlarged tonsils, cough mixture containing dextromethorphan, excess body weight and an allergy to dust, mold, wheat or eggs. Other causes include a large uvula and deformities in the nasal pathway.

 

 

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