Snoring can be a symptom of OSA
Snoring is often no greater problem than the noise itself. However, loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem – OSA. Snoring is a noise created by the partial blocking of the airway. When you fall asleep your muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway. Incoming air then makes the tissue at the rear roof of the mouth (the soft palate), the flap of skin hanging from the palate (uvula) and the throat vibrate – a sound we know as snoring.
Once you are properly diagnosed with OSA, one of the treatments is to fabricate an oral appliance which brings the lower jaw forward, which in turn removes the obstruction from the airway.