Brand New, Easy Dental Appliance Stops Snoring
Snoring affects 30 percent of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring-being kept awake or maybe having your sleep disrupted by a snoring partner-affects about seventy three percent of people that sleep at night with somebody that snores.
Dr. Srbinovska explains, "Although snoring seems physically safe, it can end up being a warning sign for a more serious and at times fatal condition called obstructive sleep apnea." This occurs when the airway totally collapses, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the more restrictive the airway seals. This airway blockage persists until the brain partly awakens the individual. Unconscious, the individual shuts the jaw, returning the tongue as well as throat to a normal position.
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Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:
- drifting off to sleep
- jaw 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 50 or more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air passage, the snorer can't acquire sufficient oxygen, and this can lead to additional issues.
If You're The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer...
I'm sure you're aware of the ugly effects of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how damaging second-hand snoring could be to you? Research shows that bedmates of chronic snorers are losing just as much sleep as the snorer. At 80 decibels, a bed partner's sound waves are louder 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 with a chronic snorer suffer from higher levels of systemic 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 telling Mayo Clinic study said that spouses of chronic snorers were pulled out of their sleep about 21 times in an hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.
The solution to this potentially deadly scenario can be found in a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Boskovic or Dr. Srbinovska, with more education in airway management. This little plastic "miracle" can comfortably position the lower jaw into a forward position, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. 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 have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Boskovic and Dr. Srbinovska. 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 actually an oral appliance offered by Transformation Dental Partners. A device is put in the mouth and worn similar to a mouth protector used in sports. It reduces sleep apnea associated health threats without resorting to surgery or medicines.
By simply promoting adequate air intake, the appliance allows snorers to finally 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.