Stop Snoring With New, Simple Dental Device
Snoring affects 30 percent of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring (being kept up or maybe having your sleep disturbed by a snoring partner) affects about seventy three percent of individuals who sleep at night with somebody who snores.
Snoring can’t be a big deal. In fact, it seems like a part of normal sleeping. Think about it, we’ve been sleeping with, and laughing about, house rumbling snorers since Adam started snoring in Eden. “Now,” Dr. Dale explains, “studies show that snoring can be harmful because of the restriction of airflow during sleep.” Imagine breathing through one of those tiny drink straws for an entire day at work. That will give you an idea of what your body has to endure all night if you are a snorer.
*** 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
• air passage collapsing
• the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation
• unconsciously awakening with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
could repeat itself fifty or more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked air way, the individual cannot receive sufficient oxygen, and this can lead to some other problems.
If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…
No doubt you know about the ugly consequences of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how harmful second-hand snoring could be to you? Research shows that bedmates of people who snore may experience as many negative consequences as the snorer. At 80 decibels, a bed partner’s nightly blasts 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 have more pain, complain of increased 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 found that spouses of loud snorers awakened 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 comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with advanced training in snoring causes and treatment. The snore-stopping appliance moves the lower jaw into a more forward position, increasing the airway space and reducing air velocity, soft tissue vibration and snoring up to 85 percent. Try this out 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 have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. You can expect that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.
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. An appliance is positioned in the mouth and worn similar to a mouth protector used in sports. The appliance prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the rear of the throat so that the air passage remains open while asleep.
By offering adequate air intake, the appliance allows snorers to finally get some 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.