Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring and Sleep Apnea: What’s the Difference?

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is a spectrum. The mildest form of SDB is snoring, which results from turbulent airflow causing the tissues of the nose and throat to vibrate during sleep. Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) is when the snoring or resistance through the airway is significant enough to disrupt the quality of sleep and cause arousals. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues of the airway relax, resulting in complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway. OSA is characterized by repetitive episodes of shallow or paused breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. These episodes are followed by brief awakenings that disturb sleep.

What are the effects of snoring and sleep apnea?

How is sleep apnea treated?

Are there alternatives to CPAP Therapy?

Is an oral appliance right for me?

We at the Minnesota Craniofacial Center are committed to optimizing sleep quality through comprehensive measures including improving sleep habits/sleep hygiene, positional therapy, oral exercises, and referral to other specialists when appropriate.