Frustrated By Snoring? Tested Dental Device Stops Snoring
Snoring impacts thirty percent of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or even having your own rest disturbed by a snoring partner–impacts about seventy three percent of individuals who sleep with somebody who snores.
So you snore? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it. and can’t understand what could be wrong. However, sleep studies have shown that you are causing harm to your brain and body when you spend hours every night snoring away. Your entire night is spent trying to get enough oxygen to keep you alive. That doesn’t sound like restful sleep. That sounds like a nightmare.
*** 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
• air passage collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously awakening 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. Along with a blocked air passage, the person who snores cannot obtain enough oxygen, and this may result in various other difficulties.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
Everyone knows about the negative effects 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 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 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 next to a snorer experience more chronic pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. One telling Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of rumbling snorers were pulled out of their sleep an average of 21 times 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 specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and available from a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. The custom-fitted plastic piece 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 it sounds like you are suffering from a snorer’s rumblings, suggest a visit 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 accessible to those who snore or even have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is worn throughout sleep. It reduces sleep apnea associated health problems without resorting to surgery or medicines.
By promoting sufficient air intake, the device can help snorers to finally get some good 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.