Stop Snoring With New, Easy Dental Device

Snoring has an effect on thirty percent of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring (being kept up or perhaps having your own rest disturbed by a loud snoring partner) has an effect on approximately 73 percent of people that sleep with somebody that snores.

Snoring doesn’t seem like a serious problem. In fact, it seems like something normal. After all, we’ve been sleeping with, and laughing about, rattle-the-roof snorers since Adam started snoring in Eden. “Now,” Dr. Dale explains, “research shows that snoring is harmful to the snorer’s health because of the restriction of airflow during sleep.” Imagine trying to spend eight hours of your awake time breathing through one of those tiny drink straws. That will give you an idea of what your body has to endure all night if you are a snorer.

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

Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea cycle:

• drifting off to sleep

• jaw relaxing

• airway collapsing

• a long duration with no airflow

• unconsciously waking up with a gasp

• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

may repeat itself 50 or more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked air passage, the person who snores can’t receive sufficient oxygen, and this can result in some other issues.

Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Kim

You’ve probably heard of the undesirable consequences 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 chronic snorers can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s rumblings are more irritating 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 next to a snorer suffer from higher levels of systemic pain, endure excessive fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One alarming Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of rumbling snorers were pulled out of their sleep an average of 21 times an hour, 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 lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. This little plastic “miracle” adjusts the lower jaw’s resting position to be more forward, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. Test this for yourself while you’re reading this. 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, I urge you to get the snorer to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. You can expect 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 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 prevents the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so your airway remains wide open while asleep.

By simply promoting enough air intake, the appliance can help snorers to at long last get some rest.

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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