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Snoring occurs when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse onto themselves and vibrate against each other as we attempt to move air through them.  This produces the sound we know as snoring.  Large tonsils, a long soft palate, a large tongue, the uvula and excess fat deposits in the throat all contribute to airway narrowing and snoring.  Usually the more narrow the airway space the louder or more habitual the snoring. 

Do you often wake up feeling tired and irritable after a night’s sleep?  Many people suffer from common sleep disorders without even knowing it.  It is more than being tire.  Lack of a good night’s sleep can be annoying, but when your body doesn’t get the rest it needs, it also puts you at risk for more serious health concerns.  You may have a sleep  disorder preventing you from getting rest. In the dental sleep medicine section we go into more detail about this disorder, known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.


David C. Rainwater, DDS, MAGD, Pllc
12929 Gulf Freeway, Suite 204
Houston, TX 77034
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