Snoring can be frustrating for both the patient and the patient’s partner. Snoring is caused by a vibration of the soft roof of the mouth, also called the soft palate. These vibrations occur because there is a restriction of airflow in the upper airway, which includes the nose, mouth and throat. Snoring can often seem like a frustrating social issue, but it can also be indicative of a potentially serious health problem called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Individuals with OSA actually stop breathing throughout the night. Unlike simple snoring, OSA can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and can put a strain on the heart. OSA is associated with a number of health problems including high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction.
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