Tired Of Snoring? New Dental Appliance Prevents Snoring

Snoring affects 30% of people in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or maybe having your sleep disrupted by a loud snoring partner–affects about seventy three percent of individuals that sleep with somebody who snores.

Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Even though snoring appears physically safe, it can be a warning sign for a much more serious and at times deadly condition called obstructive sleep apnea.” This happens when the air passage completely deflates, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the more restrictive the air passage closes. This airway obstruction persists right up until the brain partly wakes up the individual. Unconscious, the person closes the jaw, returning the tongue as well as throat to a normal position.

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Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea cycle:

• falling asleep

• jaw relaxing

• air passage collapsing

• the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation

• unconsciously awakening with a gasp

• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

This can repeat itself fifty or more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked airway, the person who snores cannot receive sufficient oxygen, and this can result in various other difficulties.

If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Kim

You’ve probably heard of the negative consequences of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how harmful second-hand snoring could be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of people who snore can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s rumblings are louder than trying to get a good night’s sleep while strapped to a hand-held vacuum cleaner.

According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, people who sleep with a chronic snorer have more pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and might even be more likely to a develop hearing loss in certain frequencies. One specific Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of chronic snorers were pulled out of their sleep an average of 21 times an hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.

The answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and molded by a small number of dentists, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, who have taken courses in the physiology of snoring. The custom-fitted plastic piece moves the lower jaw into a more forward position, preventing the airway from closing and ending the resultant vibration of the soft tissues. You can test this on yourself right now. Simply lie back, move your lower jaw forward, relax and try to get your throat to make snoring sounds. It’s nearly impossible.

If you have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. You can expect that you might be saving your relationship soon… and even your lives.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution accessible to those who snore loudly as well as have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is worn while sleeping. The appliance helps prevent the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat so the air passage remains open while asleep.

By offering sufficient air intake, the device allows snorers to at long last get some good rest.

CPAP vs. Oral Appliances

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now considers dental appliances a first line treatment for Snoring and mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, they are also ideal for patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP or as an alternative when traveling where there is no access to power. Dental Sleep Appliances have been scientifically proven to be very effective; “over 95% of patients are satisfied with the level of improvement with their snoring when assessed and treated correctly”.

Some common problems with CPAP are:

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Bill

• The mask is uncomfortable
• The mask is unconsciously taken off at night
• The mask irritates the skin and the nose
• Air pushes into the stomach or sinuses
• The mask leaks air
• The pressure of the CPAP is bothersome
• The CPAP machine is too noisy to allow sleep
• The tubing gets in the way
• You just can’t get used to the mask
• The mask triggers your claustrophobia
• Your nose might be stuffed up
• The air is too hot, too cold or too dry

Whatever the reason, some people just cannot tolerate CPAP.

According to research, it was noted that “long-term use of a dental device achieved an 81% success rate in apnea improvement, which was significantly higher than the 53% success rate noted for the standard surgical treatment for snoring: uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).”

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s journal, Sleep, stated that, “Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with obstructive sleep apnea who prefer oral appliances to CPAP, or who do not respond to CPAP, are not appropriate candidates for CPAP, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP or treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep-position change.”

Oral appliances are associated with better compliance than CPAP systems for many patients. Oral appliances can also be used as first-line treatment for primary snoring that is not associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

If you are either tired of snoring and getting no restful sleep, OR, tired of trying to wear that CPAP mask, call our office today. It might just save your life.

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