Stop Snoring With Brand New, Easy Dental Device

Snoring impacts 30 percent of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or maybe having your sleep disturbed by a heavy snoring partner–impacts about 73 percent of individuals that sleep with someone who snores.

Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Even though snoring seems physically harmless, it can end up being a red flag for a more serious and at times deadly condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.” This occurs whenever the air passage entirely deflates, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the more restrictive the air passage seals. This airway obstruction persists right up until the brain partly awakens the individual. Unconscious, the individual closes the jaw, returning the tongue as well as throat to a standard position.

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

Riding The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea cycle:

• falling asleep

• jaw relaxing

• air passage collapsing

• a long duration with no airflow

• unconsciously awakening along with a gasp

• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again

could repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. Together with a blocked air passage, the snorer can’t receive sufficient oxygen, and this can result in other difficulties.

Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Carlita

No doubt you know about the harmful results of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how damaging second-hand snoring could be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of nighttime rumblers may experience as many negative consequences as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, a bed partner’s snores are more irritating 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 deal with heightened levels of overall 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 specific Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of chronic snorers were roused from sleep about 21 times in an 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 prescribed by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with more education in airway management. This little plastic “miracle” adjusts the lower jaw’s resting position to be more forward, increasing the airway space and reducing air velocity, soft tissue vibration and snoring up to 85 percent. 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 it sounds like you are suffering from a snorer’s rumblings, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. Chances are that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution open to those who snore 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 during sleep. It reduces sleep apnea associated health risks without resorting to surgery or medicines.

By simply promoting sufficient air intake, the device helps snorers to finally 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:

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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