Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

A Look at The Causes of Snoring

Snoring is a common problem that is usually caused by obstructed breathing while asleep. Since the airways are smaller, the air that passes through creates a vibrating sound. Snoring can interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep and it may indicate a serious medical problem in some cases. If your partner tells you that you snore, schedule a visit to a dentist’s office. A cosmetic dentist can fit you with a mandibular advancement device (MAD) to position your airways properly during sleep.

Couple at bed

Lifestyle Factors
Certain lifestyle considerations may mean that you’re more likely to snore. For example, alcohol consumption often leads to snoring because it eases muscle contractions in the throat. Excessive body weight and the use of some sedatives or sleep aids may also contribute.

Mouth and Throat Abnormalities
Many people have mouth and throat abnormalities that make snoring more likely. For example, you could have a long uvula or a thick and low-hanging soft palate, which interferes with air flow. Excessive throat tissue or lack of proper muscle tone in the tongue and throat may also cause snoring.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dentists often see patients who complain of snoring due to obstructive sleep apnea. This medical condition causes a person to cease breathing temporarily during sleep when the tissues in the throat close the airway. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition; if your dentist suspects this condition, he or she may refer you to a doctor for treatment with a CPAP machine.

Blocked Nasal Passages
If you’ve noticed that you snore when your allergies flare up or when you have a sinus infection, then your snoring is likely the result of nasal passage obstructions. However, other potential causes of obstruction in the nasal passageways include nasal polyps and a deviated septum.

The office of Dr. Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates proudly offers mandibular advancement devices to prevent snoring and improve sleep. Residents in Manhattan can schedule an appointment by calling (212) 279-1232. Ask us about our comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry options, including teeth whitening.

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday