Snoring and Sleep Apnea: What’s The Difference?

sleepingwomanhappyHave you long been teased by friends or family members because of your loud snoring? Do you tend to snore throughout the night but you get enough sleep and feel rested during the day? Perhaps you assume you’re sleeping soundly but your significant other hears you waking up during the night and your days are full of fatigue and difficulty with concentration. In addition to learning the difference between snoring and sleep apnea, we will provide you with a clearer understanding of how sleep apnea treatment may improve your life. Read further:

Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea are quite similar. However, if you suffer from sleep apnea, you may suffer from significant health side effects that do not necessarily affect individuals who only snore. Here’s the breakdown: While you sleep, your throat muscles should remain active because they support the tissues in your throat. However, in patients who snore, these muscles become partially relaxed. The result is throat tissues that touch one another and vibrate when they come into contact. These vibrations create the sound you are familiar with as “snoring.”

Sleep apnea may include snoring. However, if your throat muscles completely relax, your throat tissues will, too, resulting in their complete collapse. Pressed against one another, they obstruct your airways. Rather than snoring, you will stop breathing for a moment until your brain urges your body to wake up and take a breath. You will wake just long enough to make a choking or gagging sound before returning to sleep. Because this happens so quickly, most patients do not recall the event in the morning. They do, however, experience the side effects that include exhaustion and more.

About Treatment

We will examine you to determine whether you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea. We may also offer sleep apnea treatment to promote open airways while you sleep, so you can regain daily energy.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call us at our Santa Clarita Valley office at (661) 251-0480. We also service Newhall, Castaic, Canyon Country, Saugus, and nearby areas.