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Snoring, symptoms and treatments

El ronquido, síntomas y tratamientos

snoringit is noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and in both sexes, and it affects millions of people around the world. Snoring can occur all night or intermittently. People most at risk are men and those who are overweight, but snoring is a problem for both sexes, although women may not experience this problem as often as men.

Snoring generally becomes more severe as people get older. It can cause interruptions in your own sleep and your partner's sleep. It can lead to fragmented and unpleasant sleep (tiredness and drowsiness). The two most common adverse health effects believed to be linked to snoring are daytime dysfunction and heart disease. About half of people who snore a lot have sleep apnea.


While we sleep, the throat muscles relax, the tongue falls back, and the throat narrows. As we inhale, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate and also, to a lesser extent, when exhaling. These vibrations produce the characteristic sound of snoring. The more you narrow the airways, the higher the vibration and the louder the snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat completely collapse, creating a condition known as apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious condition that requires medical attention.


There are several factors that facilitate snoring. First, the normal aging process leads to relaxation of the throat muscles, which causes snoring. Anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, nasal polyps, and deviated septum. Functional abnormalities (inflammation of the nose and/or throat, as can occur during respiratory infection or during allergy season) will lead to snoring. The sleeping position, sleeping on your back, can cause snoring in some people. Alcohol is a powerful muscle relaxant and ingesting it at night will make snoring appear more forcefully. Muscle relaxants taken at night. One of the most important risk factors is overweight and obesity.




See your dentist if you snore and have any of the following symptoms or signs: Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Morning headaches.

  • Recent weight gain.

  • Waking up in the morning feeling like you haven't rested.

  • Waking up at night feeling confused.

  • Change in your level of attention, concentration and memory.



Snorers are generally unaware of their snoring, and must rely on other people's observations. Who may wake up at night choking and out of breath, but this occurs infrequently. If you have any of the symptoms and signs listed above, see yourdentist. He will be in charge of making a diagnosis and will determine if a consultation with a specialist and a sleep test are required to determine if you have apnea and to see how your snoring affects the quality of your sleep.


Depending on the results of the study, you will be presented with a number of snoring treatment options. These usually include:

  • The modification of the lifestyle, that is, avoiding the risk factors mentioned above, changing the sleeping position, treating allergies, etc.

  • Different devices to treat this problem, one of them isOrthoApnea®, a novel intraoral device especially indicated for the treatment of snoring and moderate sleep apnea syndrome. It consists of two splints joined together by a screw that allows a controlled and comfortable advancement of the jaw. In this simple way, the passage of air is facilitated, eliminating snoring and improving episodes of apnea that translate into a notable improvement in the quality of life of patients. There are also other devices such asnasal dilatorsand thespace, a device consisting of a mask, tubes and a ventilator. Use air pressure to push your tongue forward and open your throat. This allows air to pass through it. Reduces snoring and prevents the discomfort of apnea. This method is the treatment of choice for severe apnea.

  • Surgery, if the case requires it.

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