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Tired Of Snoring? Tested Dental Device Ends Snoring

Snoring impacts thirty percent of men and women in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or even having your own sleep disturbed by a loud snoring partner–impacts approximately seventy three percent of people who sleep at night with somebody who snores.

So you snore? It’s not hurting you because you’re asleep and aren’t aware of any problems. However, studies of snorers have shown that you are causing harm to your brain and body when you snore the whole night through. You fight the whole night just to get enough oxygen to your brain to keep it alive. That doesn’t sound like restful sleep. 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…

     • falling asleep
     • jaw relaxing
     • air passage collapsing
     • the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation
     • unconsciously waking up with a gasp
     • going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

…could repeat itself 50 or more times each hour throughout the night. Along with a blocked air way, the individual can’t acquire enough oxygen, and this can lead to some other issues.

If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…

Peck Snoring Dental Patient Jake

You’ve probably heard of the harmful results of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how damaging second-hand snoring could be to you? Studies have shown that bedmates of chronic snorers can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s nightly blasts are noisier 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 next to a snorer suffer from higher levels of systemic pain, complain of increased 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 revealed that spouses of rumbling snorers awakened nearly every three minutes, 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 available from a dentist, like Dr. Peck, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. The snore-stopping appliance 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 you have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Peck. You can expect that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution available to those who snore loudly or perhaps have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Peck. A device is put in the mouth and worn much like a mouth protector used in sports. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health problems without resorting to surgery or medications.

By offering sufficient air intake, the appliance can help 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:

Peck Snoring Dental Patient Bill

• 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.