According to a National Sleep Foundation study, over a third of Americans snore occasionally and at least a fourth snore nearly every night. In addition to be annoying, snoring may also be a warning sign of a serious sleep disorder. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer questions about snoring and explain the link between snoring and OSA. Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring Question: What causes snoring? Answer: Snoring occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat partially block airflow. When this happens, air is forced through, vibrating the tissue and causing the patient to snore. Question: Can snoring be a sign of sleep apnea? Answer: Yes. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when that same soft tissue completely blocks airflow. The patient stops breathing and deprives the brain of oxygen. The brain wakes the patient up to start breathing, often several times a night. Question: What are the other symptoms of sleep apnea? Answer: Along with chronic snoring, other sleep apnea symptoms in waking up gasping for air or choking, daytime drowsiness, irritability, depression, and high blood pressure. Question: What snoring treatment do Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom offer? Answer: In some cases, snoring can be addressed with simple lifestyle changes. Losing weight, changing sleep positions, and avoiding caffeine or alcohol before bed may reduce snoring. If your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, your Livingston NJ general dentists may recommend an intraoral device. This oral appliance is similar to a night guard and moves the jaw forward, preventing obstruction of airflow and allowing easier breathing. This reduces sleep apnea symptoms and helps you get a good night’s rest. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you suffer from chronic snoring and other signs of obstructive sleep apnea? Then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause of your sleep issues and recommend treatment. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.