New, Easy Dental Appliance Stops Snoring
Snoring has an effect on 30 percent of people in the United States, while second-hand snoring (being kept awake or even having your sleep disrupted by a snoring partner) has an effect on about 73 percent of people who sleep with someone who snores.
Snoring doesn’t look like a serious problem. In fact, it seems like a part of normal sleeping. After all, we’ve been putting up with, and joking about, rattle-the-roof snorers since Neanderthals started snoring in their caves. “Now,” Dr. Dale explains, “research shows 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. Now you can see what your brain is enduring all night as you snore.
*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers
Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:
• falling asleep
• jaw relaxing
• airway collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously waking up along with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
could repeat itself 50 or even more times each hour throughout the night. Together with a blocked air passage, the snorer can’t obtain adequate oxygen, and this can result in various other problems.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
You’ve probably heard of the ugly results of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how damaging second-hand snoring could be to you? Studies have shown that bedmates of nighttime rumblers can be deprived of just as much sleep as the snorer. At 80 decibels, a bed partner’s snores are more irritating 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 with a chronic snorer experience more chronic pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, are more apt to fall asleep while driving, and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. One telling Mayo Clinic study said that spouses of rumbling snorers woke 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 specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and prescribed by a small number of dentists, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, who have taken courses in the physiology of snoring. The custom-fitted plastic piece helps the snorer keep the lower jaw positioned slightly forward, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. 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 think that you are a victim of second-hand snoring, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. It might mean that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore loudly as well as have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. An appliance is placed in the mouth and worn much like a sports mouth protector. The appliance helps prevent the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so the airway stays wide open while asleep.
By simply promoting adequate air intake, the appliance can help snorers to finally 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.