Frustrated By Snoring? Tested Dental Appliance Prevents Snoring
Snoring affects 30% of men and women in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or having your rest disrupted by a heavy snoring partner–affects about 73 percent of individuals that sleep with someone who snores.
Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Even though snoring seems physically safe, it can end up being a red flag for a much more serious and occasionally lethal condition referred to as obstructive sleep apnea.” This happens whenever the airway totally collapses, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the more restrictive the airway closes. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconscious, the individual closes the jaw, returning the tongue and throat to a typical position.
*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers
Riding The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:
• falling asleep
• mouth relaxing
• airway collapsing
• an extended time with no oxygen
• unconsciously awakening with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
may repeat itself 50 or even more times per hour throughout the night. Along with a blocked air passage, the individual can’t obtain adequate oxygen, and this can result in other problems.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
No doubt you know about the negative consequences of second-hand smoke, but do you know about how harmful second-hand snoring can be to you? Studies have shown that bedmates of chronic snorers are losing just as much sleep as the snorer. At 80 decibels, a bed partner’s thunder rumbles are more irritating 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 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 very interesting Mayo Clinic study showed that spouses of loud snorers were pulled out of their sleep an average of 21 times an hour, coming close to the 27 times an hour the actual snorer awakened.
What works on most people’s snoring problem is a specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. An anti-snoring mouthguard helps the snorer keep the lower jaw positioned slightly forward, 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 you are sharing a mattress with a snorer who makes you irritable, cranky, and chronically fatigued, 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 available to those who snore or perhaps have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. An appliance is positioned in the mouth and worn similar to a sports mouth protector. The appliance helps prevent the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat so that the airway remains wide open while sleeping.
By promoting adequate air intake, the device allows 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.