RECENTLY, Dr. Alison Robinson, principal dentist from Geelong Smile Studio, travelled to the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies to attend lectures on advanced dental sleep medicine.
Snoring is not cool, it is not normal and it can be a very serious medical issue that requires medical attention.
Snoring occurs when there is partial obstruction and subsequent vibration of the soft tissues at the back of the throat.
As snorers drift off to sleep, the tongue, soft palate, uvula (little thing hanging down at the back of your mouth) and muscles of the throat drops to the back of the throat and can obstruct the airway.
Snoring has been reported to affect some 40 per cent of the adult population and it is a major red flag.
In an alarming 40 per cent of snorers, it could be an early sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).