Sick Of Snoring? New Dental Device Stops Snoring
Snoring affects thirty percent of men and women in America, while second-hand snoring (being kept up or maybe having your own sleep disturbed by a snoring partner) affects about 73 percent of people that sleep with somebody that snores.
Snoring doesn’t seem like a big deal. In fact, it seems like such a natural thing to do. After all, 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 negatively affect your health because the brain is starved for oxygen 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:
• falling asleep
• mouth relaxing
• air passage collapsing
• an extended time with no oxygen
• unconsciously waking up with a gasp
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
can repeat itself 50 or even more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air passage, the snorer can’t acquire enough oxygen, and this can lead to some other problems.
If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…
You’ve probably heard of the negative consequences of second-hand smoke, but do you know about how damaging second-hand snoring could be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of snorers are losing just as much sleep as the snorer. At 80 decibels, a bed partner’s thunder rumbles are more intrusive 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, people who sleep next to a snorer deal with heightened levels of overall pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One very interesting Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of chronic snorers awakened about 21 times in an hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.
The answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and available from 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, preventing the airway from closing and ending the resultant vibration of the soft tissues. 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, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale. You can expect that you might be saving your relationship soon… and even your lives.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Gladstone Family Dentistry. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouth guard and is worn while sleeping. The appliance prevents the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat so that the air passage remains wide open while sleeping.
By simply offering adequate air intake, the device helps snorers to at long last get some good 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.