Stop Snoring With New, Simple Dental Device

Snoring impacts thirty percent of individuals in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or maybe having your sleep disrupted by a snoring partner–impacts approximately 73 percent of individuals who sleep with somebody that snores.

Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Although snoring seems physically normal, it may be a warning sign for a more serious and occasionally deadly condition called obstructive sleep apnea.” This occurs whenever the air passage entirely deflates, obstructing airflow straight into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the tighter the air passage closes. This airway blockage persists until the brain partially awakens the individual. Unconscious, the individual shuts the jaw, returning the tongue and also throat to a normal position.

*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers

Riding The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:

• falling asleep

• jaw relaxing

• air passage collapsing

• an extended time with no oxygen

• unconsciously awakening along with a gasp

• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again

can repeat itself fifty or more times each hour throughout the night. Along with a blocked air passage, the person who snores cannot acquire enough oxygen, and this may result in other issues.

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

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Carlita

No doubt you know about the undesirable consequences of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how harmful second-hand snoring could be to you? Research shows that bedmates of chronic snorers can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. At 80 decibels, a bed partner’s rumblings are noisier than snuggling up to a high-speed blender for eight hours.

According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, people who sleep next to a snorer have more pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, are more susceptible to “instant sleep” while driving, and might even be more likely to a develop hearing loss in certain frequencies. One telling Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of loud snorers were roused from sleep nearly every three minutes, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.

What works on most people’s snoring problem is a specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and molded by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with more education in airway management. The custom-fitted plastic piece can comfortably position the lower jaw into a forward position, making it very unlikely that when the snorer begins sleeping, the airways will collapse as usual. Try this out on yourself right now. By lying back, moving your jaw forward and trying to get your throat to make snoring vibrations, you’ll see how the principle works.

If you think that you are a victim of second-hand snoring, I urge you to get the snorer to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. It might mean 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 or even have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. An appliance is placed in the mouth and worn just like a sports mouth protector. It reduces sleep apnea associated health problems without resorting to surgery or medicines.

By simply promoting sufficient air intake, the appliance allows snorers to finally get some 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 Bertha

• 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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