Sick Of Snoring? Proven Dental Appliance Stops Snoring
Snoring impacts 30% of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or maybe having your sleep disturbed by a loud snoring partner–impacts about 73 percent of individuals who sleep with somebody who snores.
You snore. So what? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it and aren’t aware of any problems. Well, studies of snorers have shown that you are harming 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 restful sleep. That seems more like a bad dream.
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Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle…
• drifting off to sleep
• jaw relaxing
• air passage collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously waking up along with a gasp
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
…could repeat itself fifty or more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air way, the individual cannot obtain enough oxygen, and this may lead to additional problems.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
You’ve probably heard of the negative consequences of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how bad second-hand snoring could be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of nighttime rumblers receive as little restorative sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s sound waves are more intrusive than trying to get a good night’s sleep while strapped to a hand-held vacuum cleaner.
According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, people who sleep with a chronic snorer deal with heightened levels of overall pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and might even be more likely to a develop hearing loss in certain frequencies. One alarming Mayo Clinic study said that spouses of rumbling snorers awakened an average of 21 times an hour, coming close to the 27 times an hour the actual snorer awakened.
What has been shown to be effective at silencing the snoring is a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and prescribed by a dentist, like Dr. Frank Stone, with more education in airway management. This little plastic “miracle” 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. 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 it sounds like you are suffering from a snorer’s rumblings, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Frank Stone. It might mean that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution open to those who snore loudly or have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Frank Stone. An appliance is positioned in the mouth and worn much like a sports mouth protector. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health risks without resorting to surgery or medications.
By simply offering adequate air intake, the device allows snorers to at long last get some 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:
• 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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