Patient Question: My husband’s snoring has gotten to the point where he almost stops breathing. What can be done? And why is this a dental concern?
Snoring occurs when the soft-tissue structures of the upper airway (the back of the throat) collapse onto themselves, the tongue drops back, and air is obstructed in its movement through the mouth and nose into the lungs. As a result, these obstacles create the vibration that produces snoring.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when that upper-airway collapse becomes ...