New, Easy Dental Appliance Stops Snoring
Snoring impacts 30 percent of people in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or having your own rest disturbed by a snoring partner–impacts about 73 percent of individuals who sleep with somebody who snores.
Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Even though snoring appears physically normal, it can end up being a red flag for a more severe and at times fatal condition referred to as obstructive sleep apnea.” This occurs when the airway entirely collapses, obstructing airflow directly into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists right up until the brain partly awakens the individual. Unconscious, the person shuts the jaw, returning the tongue along with throat to a normal position.
*** 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
• mouth relaxing
• airway collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously awakening along with a gasp
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
can repeat itself fifty or more times per hour throughout the night. Together with a blocked air passage, the individual cannot obtain adequate oxygen, and this can lead to additional difficulties.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
I’m sure you’re aware of the negative consequences of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how bad second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of people who snore can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s sound waves are louder 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, those who are unlucky enough to have a snorer in their bed experience more chronic pain, endure excessive fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and could wind up losing some of their hearing in certain frequency ranges. One telling Mayo Clinic study revealed 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 answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and available from a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with more education in airway management. 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 you have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. Chances are that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore or even have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. An appliance is positioned in the mouth and worn just like a mouth protector used in sports. The appliance helps prevent the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat so the airway remains open while sleeping.
By simply offering sufficient air intake, the appliance helps 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.