Brand New, Easy Dental Appliance Stops Snoring

Snoring affects 30% of people in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or perhaps having your own sleep disrupted by a heavy snoring partner–affects about 73 percent of individuals that sleep with somebody that snores.

Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Despite the fact that snoring appears physically harmless, it can end up being a red flag for a much more serious and occasionally lethal condition called obstructive sleep apnea.” This occurs whenever the air passage totally collapses, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the air passage closes. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially wakes up the individual. Unconscious, the individual shuts the jaw, returning the tongue and also throat to a standard position.

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Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:

• drifting off to sleep

• jaw relaxing

• air passage collapsing

• an extended time with no oxygen

• unconsciously waking up with a gasp

• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

may repeat itself fifty or even more times each hour throughout the night. Together with a blocked air way, the snorer cannot receive adequate oxygen, and this can result in various other problems.

Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Stan

You’ve probably heard of the negative results of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how damaging second-hand snoring might be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of people who snore can be deprived of just as much sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s nightly blasts 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 have more 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 very interesting Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of rumbling 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 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. The anti-snore oral device positions the lower jaw in a farther forward location, making it very unlikely that when the snorer begins sleeping, the airways will collapse as usual. Test this for yourself while you’re reading this. 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. Chances are 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 as well as have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouth guard and is worn during sleep. The appliance prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the rear of the throat so that the air passage stays open while sleeping.

By simply offering 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:

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Bertha

• 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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