Stop Snoring With Brand New, Simple Dental Device
Snoring affects 30% of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or maybe having your rest disrupted by a heavy snoring partner–affects approximately 73 percent of people who sleep with somebody that snores.
Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Even though snoring seems physically normal, it can end up being a warning sign for a more severe and sometimes fatal condition called obstructive sleep apnea.” This occurs when the airway completely deflates, blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the tighter the airway closes. This airway blockage persists right up until the brain partially awakens the individual. Unconscious, the person closes 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
• an extended time with no oxygen
• unconsciously awakening with a gasp
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
could repeat itself fifty or more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked air passage, the snorer cannot acquire sufficient oxygen, and this can result in other problems.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
I’m sure you’re aware of the undesirable effects of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how damaging second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of people who snore receive as little restorative sleep as the snorer. At 80 decibels, a bed partner’s snores 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, people who sleep with a chronic snorer experience more chronic pain, endure excessive fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One specific Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of rumbling snorers woke more than 21 times every hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.
The solution to this potentially deadly scenario can be found in a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with more education in airway management. The anti-snore oral device moves the lower jaw into a more forward position, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. Test this for yourself while you’re reading this. 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 soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouthguard and is actually worn throughout sleep. The appliance prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so your airway stays wide open during sleep.
By simply promoting enough air intake, the appliance can help snorers to at long last get some 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:
• 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.