Stop Snoring With New, Easy Dental Device
Snoring affects thirty percent of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring (being kept awake or even having your own rest disrupted by a loud snoring partner) affects approximately 73 percent of people that sleep with somebody who snores.
Snoring doesn’t seem like a big deal. In fact, it seems like such a natural thing to do. Seriously, we’ve been sleeping with, and rolling our eyes at, rattle-the-roof snorers since Adam started snoring in Eden. “Now,” Dr. Stone explains, “studies show that snoring can negatively affect your health because the brain and body don’t get enough oxygen during sleep.” Imagine breathing through a drinking straw with a little bit of chocolate shake in it (so it makes that slurping sound) all day. Now you can see what your brain is enduring all night as you snore.
*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers
Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea cycle…
• falling asleep
• mouth relaxing
• airway collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously awakening with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
…may repeat itself fifty or maybe more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked air way, the snorer can’t obtain adequate oxygen, and this can result in various other problems.
If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…
I’m sure you’re aware of the undesirable consequences of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how harmful second-hand snoring might be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of chronic snorers 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 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 have more pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, are more susceptible to “instant sleep” while driving, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One alarming Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of chronic snorers awakened an average of 21 times 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 specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and offered by a small number of dentists, like Dr. Stone, who have taken courses in the physiology of snoring. The snore-stopping appliance helps the snorer keep the lower jaw positioned slightly forward, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. Test this for yourself while you’re reading this. 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 you think that you are a victim of second-hand snoring, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Stone. You can expect that you’ll soon be getting the restful, restorative sleep that everyone needs.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore or perhaps have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Stone. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouthguard and is actually worn during sleep. The appliance inhibits the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so the airway stays wide open while sleeping.
By simply offering sufficient air intake, the appliance helps snorers to finally 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.