Sick Of Snoring? Tested Dental Device Ends Snoring

Snoring affects 30 percent of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or having your rest disrupted by a heavy snoring partner–affects approximately 73 percent of people that sleep at night with somebody that snores.

So you snore? It’s not hurting you because you’re asleep and can’t understand what could be wrong. However, studies show that you are causing harm to your brain when you spend hours every night snoring away. Your entire night is spent trying to get enough oxygen to keep you alive. That doesn’t sound like getting recuperative rest. That sounds like a nightmare.

*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers

Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:

• drifting off to sleep

• jaw relaxing

• airway collapsing

• a long duration with no airflow

• unconsciously awakening along with a gasp

• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again

can repeat itself 50 or even more times each hour throughout the night. Along with a blocked air passage, the person who snores can’t obtain adequate oxygen, and this may result in other difficulties.

Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers

Gladstone Family Dentistry Snoring Dental Patient Carlita

You’ve probably heard of the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, but do you know about how damaging second-hand snoring might be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of nighttime rumblers can be deprived of just as much sleep as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, a bed partner’s rumblings 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, suffer from ongoing 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 woke 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 offered by a dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. 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. 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, I urge you to get the snorer to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. It might mean that you might be saving your relationship soon… and even your lives.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution accessible to those who snore or have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is worn while sleeping. The appliance prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so your airway remains wide open while sleeping.

By promoting adequate air intake, the device helps 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:

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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