Stop Snoring With New, Easy Dental Device
Snoring affects 30% of individuals in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or having your rest disturbed by a loud snoring partner–affects approximately 73 percent of individuals that sleep at night 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 body and brain when you are blissfully asleep and snoring. The whole night is a battle for your brain to get enough oxygen through your closed-up airway. That doesn’t sound like a rejuvenation of the mind and body. That sounds more like out and out warfare.
*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers
Riding The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea cycle…
- drifting off to sleep
- mouth relaxing
- airway collapsing
- an extended time with no oxygen
- unconsciously awakening with a gasp
- falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
…can repeat itself fifty or even more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked air passage, the individual cannot receive sufficient oxygen, and this may result in additional difficulties.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
No doubt you know about the negative consequences of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how damaging second-hand snoring might be to you? Research shows that bedmates of chronic snorers 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 snores 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 next to a snorer suffer from higher levels of systemic pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, are more susceptible to “instant sleep” while driving, and could wind up losing some of their hearing in certain frequency ranges. One very interesting Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of chronic snorers awakened nearly every three minutes, nearly matching the snorer’s rate of 27 times an hour being aroused from sleep.
What works on most people’s snoring problem is a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and molded by a small number of dentists, like Dr. Workman, who have taken courses in the physiology of snoring. 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. Try this out 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, I urge you to get the snorer to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Workman. It might mean that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution accessible to those who snore loudly or perhaps have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by John C. Workman, DDS. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouth guard and is actually worn throughout sleep. It reduces sleep apnea associated health threats without the need for surgical procedures or medicines.
By simply promoting enough air intake, the device 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.