An estimated 40% of adults over age 40 snore. Snorers often experience frequent wakefulness due to the loudness of their own snoring, and many bed partners also lose sleep. Ultimately snoring may affect quality of life as snorers suffer the effects of interrupted sleep (headaches and day drowsiness) and bed partners move to other rooms to get a better night’s sleep.

Snoring indicates a breathing problem, and occurs when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, forcing air through the narrower opening. The pressure causes sound vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Snoring is more common in obese patients, the elderly, and individuals with loose tissue in the mouth or nasal area. Disruptive snoring should be investigated by a certified dental sleep medicine dentist like Dr. Williams. Learn more about Napa Valley Sleep Solutions’ services that improve the symptoms of snoring or contact us today to make an appointment.