Snoring occurs when air is not able to move freely through your nose and mouth during sleep due to the narrowing of your airway which causes the tissues to vibrate and make an audible sound. In extreme cases the airway can become blocked which is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Factors contributing to snoring includes age, nasal and sinus problems, being overweight, alcohol, smoking, medications, and sleep posture.
Snorers can experience tiredness, morning headaches, irritability, dry mouth, and relationship difficulties. Sleep deprivation as a result of snoring has a negative impact on health and quality of life. Studies have also shown a link between snoring and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Surgical options for correcting snoring usually involve removal of tissue from the uvula and pharynx resulting in a lengthy and uncomfortable recovery as it is an invasive surgery. Specially made dental appliances like Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) are used to help control sleep apnea and snoring, however wearing these devices can be very uncomfortable.