Frustrated By Snoring? New Dental Device Ends Snoring

Snoring has an effect on thirty percent of people in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or perhaps having your sleep disturbed by a loud snoring partner–has an effect on approximately seventy three percent of individuals who sleep at night with someone who snores.

So you snore? It’s not hurting you because you’re asleep and can’t understand what could be wrong. However, sleep research reveals that you are harming your brain and body when you snore the whole night through. Your entire night is spent trying to get enough oxygen to keep you alive. That doesn’t sound like a rejuvenation of the mind and body. That seems more like a bad dream.

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

Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:

• drifting off to sleep

• mouth relaxing

• airway collapsing

• an extended time with no oxygen

• unconsciously waking up along with a gasp

• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

may repeat itself fifty or maybe more times per hour during the night. Along with a blocked air way, the individual can’t obtain enough oxygen, and this can lead to various other problems.

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

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Stan

No doubt you know about the harmful consequences of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how damaging second-hand snoring might be to you? Research shows that bedmates of chronic snorers receive as little restorative sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s rumblings are louder than having a coffee grinder running in your ear all night.

According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, those who are unlucky enough to have a snorer in their bed have more pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, are more apt to fall asleep while driving, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One telling Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of loud 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.

What has been shown to be effective at silencing the snoring is a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and prescribed by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. This little plastic “miracle” helps the snorer keep the lower jaw positioned slightly forward, making it very unlikely that when the snorer begins sleeping, the airways will collapse as usual. You can test this 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, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. You can expect that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution accessible to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. A device is placed in the mouth and worn similar to a sports mouth protector. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgical procedures or medications.

By simply promoting sufficient air intake, the appliance can help snorers to at long last 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 Olga

• 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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