Snoring and sleep apnea
A common cause of snoring, next to a obesity, is malocclusion involving posterior position of the mandible. Defective position of the jaw causes abnormal airflow which manifests in a sound effect (snoring) which, in turn, leads to sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious health disorder. It involves repeated airflow limitation during sleep, due to settling of a flabby tissue in the respiratory tract in the throat, which in turn causes loud snoring, momentary awakenings, hypoxia and high blood pressure. Thousands of patients with sleep apnea suffer from increased sleepiness during daytime, headaches and hypertension. There is increasing evidence that chronic sleep apnea runs in families and it is associated with increased susceptibility to diseases as well as premature mortality.
In many cases, the aid may be a treatment with anti-snoring apparatus put on for the night. The device moves to the front of the lower jaw which improves the breathing process and there is no an effect of snoring and sleep apnea.