Frustrated By Snoring? Proven Dental Appliance Ends Snoring
Snoring impacts 30 percent of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake as well as having your sleep disturbed by a loud snoring partner–impacts approximately 73 percent of individuals who sleep at night with somebody that snores.
So you snore? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it. and aren’t aware of any problems. Well, studies of snorers have shown that you are causing harm to your body and brain when you snore the whole night through. You fight the whole night just to get enough oxygen to your brain to keep it alive. That doesn’t sound like a peaceful night’s sleep. That sounds like a nightmare.
*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers
Riding The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:
• drifting off to sleep
• jaw relaxing
• airway collapsing
• the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation
• unconsciously waking up along with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
can repeat itself fifty or even more times per hour throughout the night. With a blocked air passage, the individual cannot obtain enough oxygen, and this can lead to other issues.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
Everyone knows about the undesirable effects of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how bad second-hand snoring can be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of snorers are losing just as much sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s snores 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 with a chronic snorer deal with heightened levels of overall pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. One alarming Mayo Clinic study showed that spouses of chronic snorers were roused from sleep nearly every three minutes, coming close to the 27 times an hour the actual snorer awakened.
The solution to this potentially deadly scenario can be found in 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. This little plastic “miracle” can comfortably position the lower jaw into a 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 think that you are a victim of second-hand snoring, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. There’s a good chance that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is worn while sleeping. The appliance inhibits the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat so your airway remains open while sleeping.
By promoting enough air intake, the appliance can help 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:
• 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.