Snoring occurs when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapses onto themselves and vibrate against each other as we attempt to move air though them. This produces the sound we know as snoring. Large tonsils, a long soft palate, a large tongue, a small lower jaw, the uvula and excess fat deposits in the throat all combine to airway narrowing and snoring. Sleep position, for example individuals who sleep on their back, also can cause snoring. Excessive alcohol use can also be a factor in increased snoring. Research shows a large percentage of snorers have or develope obstructive sleep apnea at some point. Ask your dentist or family physician if you can be screened for these symptoms. Dr. Jon Monette.