Brand New, Easy Dental Device Stops Snoring
Snoring affects 30 percent of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or maybe having your sleep disrupted by a heavy snoring partner–affects approximately 73 percent of individuals that sleep at night with somebody who snores.
Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Although snoring seems physically safe, it may be a red flag for a much more serious and sometimes deadly condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.” This happens whenever the airway completely collapses, obstructing airflow directly into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the tighter the airway closes. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the individual. Unconscious, the person shuts the jaw, returning the tongue and also throat to a typical position.
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Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea 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
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
could repeat itself fifty or maybe more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked air way, the person who snores cannot obtain enough oxygen, and this may result in additional issues.
If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…
I’m sure you’re aware of the ugly effects of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how damaging second-hand snoring can be to you? Studies have shown that bedmates of people who snore 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 thunder rumbles 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 have more pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, are more susceptible to “instant sleep” while driving, and could wind up losing some of their hearing in certain frequency ranges. One alarming Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of chronic snorers were pulled out of their sleep nearly every three minutes, nearly matching the snorer’s rate of 27 times an hour being aroused from sleep.
The answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and available from a small number of dentists, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, who have taken courses in the physiology of snoring. The custom-fitted plastic piece 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. 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, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. There’s a good chance that you’ll soon be getting the restful, restorative sleep that everyone needs.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution open to those who snore or perhaps have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. An appliance is put in the mouth and worn similar to a mouth protector used in sports. The appliance helps prevent the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues in the rear of the throat so the airway stays wide open while asleep.
By simply promoting adequate 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.