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Snoring is caused by vibrations of tissues in the throat during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is collapse of the soft tissues in the throat, disrupting the flow of air--to the point that oxygen levels are affected. Very often, patients who habitually snore may have underlying obstructive sleep apnea that has not been diagnosed.
Snoring, even without sleep apnea, is associated with daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, and premature death. Obstructive sleep apnea is a risk factor for numerous health conditions: