New, Easy Dental Appliance Stops Snoring
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 sleep disturbed by a snoring partner–has an effect on about seventy three percent of people that sleep at night with somebody that snores.
You snore. So what? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it. and can’t understand what could be wrong. But, studies show that you are causing harm to your brain and body when you snore the whole night through. Your entire night is spent trying to get enough oxygen to keep you alive. That doesn’t sound like restful sleep. That seems more like a bad dream.
*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers
Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:
• drifting off to sleep
• mouth relaxing
• airway collapsing
• the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation
• unconsciously waking up with a gasp
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
may repeat itself 50 or more times per hour throughout the night. Along with a blocked air way, the person who snores cannot acquire sufficient oxygen, and this may lead to various other problems.
If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…
Everyone knows about the negative effects of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how bad second-hand snoring can be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of nighttime rumblers may experience as many negative consequences as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s sound waves are noisier 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, 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 could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One telling Mayo Clinic study showed that spouses of loud 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.
What works on most people’s snoring problem is a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with more education in airway management. The snore-stopping appliance positions the lower jaw in a farther forward location, preventing the airway from closing and ending the resultant vibration of the soft tissues. Try this out on yourself right now. 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 think that you are a victim of second-hand snoring, talk about visiting 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 open to those who snore loudly as well as have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. A device is placed in the mouth and worn similar to a mouth protector used in sports. The appliance inhibits the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues in the rear of the throat so your airway stays wide open while sleeping.
By simply promoting adequate air intake, the device helps snorers to finally 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:
• 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.