Stop Snoring With Brand New, Simple Dental Device

Snoring impacts thirty percent of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept up as well as having your rest disturbed by a snoring partner–impacts about seventy three percent of people who sleep with somebody that snores.

Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Although snoring seems physically normal, it can be a warning sign for a much more serious and occasionally lethal condition called obstructive sleep apnea.” This happens when the airway completely deflates, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway blockage persists right up until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconscious, the individual shuts the jaw, returning the tongue and throat to a standard position.

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Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea cycle:

• falling asleep

• jaw relaxing

• airway collapsing

• a long duration with no airflow

• unconsciously awakening along with a gasp

• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again

can repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. Together with a blocked air passage, the snorer 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 harmful consequences of second-hand smoke, but do you know about how harmful second-hand snoring could be to you? Research shows that bedmates of snorers can be deprived of just as much sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s nightly blasts are more intrusive 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 next to a snorer suffer from higher levels of systemic pain, complain of increased fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and might even be more likely to a develop hearing loss in certain frequencies. One very interesting Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of loud snorers were pulled out of their sleep more than 21 times every hour, 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 advanced training in snoring causes and treatment. An anti-snoring mouthguard moves the lower jaw into a more forward position, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. 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 are sharing a mattress with a snorer who makes you irritable, cranky, and chronically fatigued, I urge you to get the snorer to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. There’s a good chance that you might be saving your relationship soon… and even your lives.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution available to those who snore loudly or have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouth guard and is worn throughout sleep. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgical procedures or medicines.

By simply offering enough air intake, the device helps snorers to at long last get some good sleep.

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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