Stop Snoring With Brand New, Simple Dental Device

Snoring affects 30% of people in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or having your own sleep disrupted by a snoring partner–affects about seventy three percent of individuals who sleep at night with somebody who snores.

Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale explain, “Although snoring seems physically safe, it may be a red flag for a more serious and sometimes fatal condition called obstructive sleep apnea.” This occurs whenever the airway entirely collapses, obstructing airflow straight into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the more restrictive the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partly wakes up the person. Unconscious, the individual shuts the jaw, returning the tongue and also throat to a normal position.

*** 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

• mouth relaxing

• airway collapsing

• an extended time with no oxygen

• unconsciously awakening with a gasp

• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

can repeat itself fifty or maybe more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air way, the snorer can’t obtain adequate oxygen, and this may lead to various other issues.

Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Stan

Everyone knows about the ugly effects of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how damaging second-hand snoring could be to you? Studies have shown that bedmates of chronic snorers 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 rumblings are noisier than snuggling up to a high-speed blender for eight hours.

According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, those who are unlucky enough to have a snorer in their bed have more pain, fight against higher levels of 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 chronic snorers were pulled out of their sleep more than 21 times every hour, nearly matching the snorer’s rate of 27 times an hour being aroused from sleep.

What works on most people’s snoring problem is a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and prescribed by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, with more education in airway management. An anti-snoring mouthguard 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. You can test this on yourself right now. By lying back, moving your jaw forward and trying to get your throat to make snoring vibrations, you’ll see how the principle works.

If you have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, I urge you to get the snorer to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. Chances are that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution open to those who snore or have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouth guard and is actually worn while sleeping. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health threats without the need for surgery or medicines.

By simply offering sufficient air intake, the appliance allows snorers to at long last 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:

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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