New, Simple Dental Device Stops Snoring
Snoring affects 30% of men and women in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or perhaps having your rest disrupted by a heavy snoring partner–affects about 73 percent of people who sleep with somebody that snores.
You snore. So what? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it and aren’t aware of any problems. However, research shows that you are harming your brain when you are blissfully asleep and snoring. 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
• mouth relaxing
• air passage collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously waking up with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
…may repeat itself fifty or even more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air way, the snorer cannot receive enough oxygen, and this may result in additional difficulties.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
You’ve probably heard of the undesirable effects of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how bad second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of nighttime rumblers may experience as many negative consequences as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, a bed partner’s nightly blasts are more irritating 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 next to a snorer deal with heightened levels of overall pain, endure excessive fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and could wind up losing some of their hearing in certain frequency ranges. One specific Mayo Clinic study said that spouses of rumbling snorers woke more than 21 times every 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 offered by a dentist, like Dr. Frank Stone, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. An anti-snoring mouthguard can comfortably position the lower jaw into a 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 it sounds like you are suffering from a snorer’s rumblings, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Frank Stone. You can expect 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 as well as have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dr. Frank Stone. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouthguard and is worn while sleeping. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health threats without resorting to surgical procedures or medications.
By offering sufficient air intake, the appliance can help 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:
• 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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