Do you snore? Chronic snoring can hinder sleep for both you and your spouse. Snoring can also be a sign of a serious sleep disorder. At The Silverstrom Group, we can diagnose the cause of your snoring and recommend the most appropriate treatment. Your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss a few of our techniques to help you stop snoring. Livingston Stop Snoring Quiz 1. True or False: Airflow obstruction causes snoring. 2. True or False: Snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea. 3. True or False: Simple lifestyle changes can help you stop snoring. 4. True or False: An oral appliance may reduce snoring and sleep apnea. Answer Key 1. True. Partial airflow blockage causes air to be forced through the nasal and oral cavities, vibrating soft tissue and causing a patient to snore. A variety of factors can lead to partial blockage, including deviated septum, sinus infection, and the presence of soft tissue. Snoring may also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. 2. True. Sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue completely blocks airflow. This causes the patient to stop breathing, depriving the brain of oxygen. The brain then wakes the patient to resume breathing. The constant cycle of waking and sleeping leaves a patient sleep deprived and unable to function. Besides snoring, common symptoms include daytime drowsiness and waking up gasping or choking for air. If you experience chronic snoring, see your Livingston dentists for a diagnosis. 3. True. In many cases, losing weight and maintaining a regular sleep schedule, including going to bed and waking up at the same times everyday, will reduce snoring. Patients should also avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed and keep their bedroom dark and cool. 4. True. Your Livingston dentists may prescribe a device similar to a night guard. Worn during sleep, this device moves the jaw forward to open airways and prevent partial or complete obstruction. As a result, your can breath and sleep with ease. About Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom: The Silverstrom Dental Group provides the latest in comprehensive dental care for patients in Livingston, NJ and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 797-9345.