Frustrated By Snoring? New Dental Device Ends Snoring
Snoring has an effect on thirty percent of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or having your own rest disturbed by a loud snoring partner–has an effect on approximately seventy three percent of people that sleep at night with someone who snores.
So you snore? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it. and can’t understand what could be wrong. But, studies of snorers have shown that you are harming 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 restful sleep. That seems more like a bad dream.
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Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:
• falling asleep
• jaw relaxing
• air passage collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously waking up with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
may repeat itself 50 or maybe more times each hour during the night. Together with a blocked air way, the snorer can’t receive sufficient oxygen, and this can result in some other problems.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
I’m sure you’re aware of the harmful consequences of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how damaging second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of nighttime rumblers are losing just as much sleep as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, a bed partner’s rumblings are more intrusive than trying to get a good night’s sleep while strapped to a hand-held vacuum cleaner.
According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, people who sleep with a chronic snorer suffer from higher levels of systemic pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, are more apt to fall asleep while driving, and could wind up losing some of their hearing in certain frequency ranges. One alarming Mayo Clinic study said that spouses of chronic snorers awakened more than 21 times every hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.
What has been shown to be effective at silencing the snoring is a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and available from a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with advanced training in snoring causes and treatment. The custom-fitted plastic piece positions the lower jaw in a farther forward location, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. Try this out 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 have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, 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 accessible to those who snore or have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. An appliance is placed in the mouth and worn just like a sports mouth protector. It reduces sleep apnea associated health problems without resorting to surgery or medicines.
By simply promoting adequate air intake, the device can help snorers to at long last get some good 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:
• 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.