New, Easy Dental Device Stops Snoring
Snoring impacts thirty percent of people in the United States, while second-hand snoring (being kept awake or even having your rest disturbed by a heavy snoring partner) impacts approximately seventy three percent of individuals who sleep at night with someone who snores.
Snoring doesn’t seem like a big deal. In fact, it seems like a sign of very relaxed sleeping. Seriously, we’ve been suffering with, and laughing about, loud snorers since Neanderthals started snoring in their caves. “Now,” Dr. Dale explains, “studies show that snoring can be harmful because the sleeper can’t get enough air during sleep.” Imagine trying to spend eight hours of your awake time breathing through one of those tiny drink straws. 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
Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea cycle:
• drifting off to sleep
• jaw relaxing
• air passage collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously awakening with a gasp
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
could repeat itself fifty or maybe more times per hour throughout the night. With a blocked air way, the person who snores can’t receive sufficient oxygen, and this may result in additional issues.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
No doubt you know about the ugly results of second-hand smoke, but do you know about how harmful second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of people who snore can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, a bed partner’s snores are louder 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, complain of increased fatigue, are more apt to fall asleep while driving, and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. One telling Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of loud snorers were pulled out of their sleep nearly every three minutes, 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 comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and prescribed by a small number of dentists, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, who have taken courses in the physiology of snoring. The snore-stopping appliance moves the lower jaw into a more forward position, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. 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 it sounds like you are suffering from a snorer’s rumblings, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. You can expect that you’ll soon be getting the restful, restorative sleep that everyone needs.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouth guard and is actually worn throughout sleep. The appliance inhibits the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues in the rear of the throat so that the air passage remains open during sleep.
By simply promoting sufficient air intake, the device can help snorers to at long last 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.