New, Simple Dental Device Stops Snoring
Snoring has an effect on 30% of individuals in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or even having your own sleep disturbed by a snoring partner–has an effect on approximately 73 percent of people that sleep with somebody that snores.
Dr. Peck explains, “Despite the fact that snoring seems physically safe, it may be a warning sign for a more serious and occasionally deadly condition referred to as obstructive sleep apnea.” This happens whenever the airway entirely collapses, blocking airflow directly into the lungs. The harder one attempts to breathe, the more restrictive the airway closes. This airway blockage persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconscious, the individual shuts the jaw, returning the tongue as well as throat to a standard position.
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Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea cycle…
• drifting off to sleep
• mouth relaxing
• airway collapsing
• the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation
• unconsciously awakening with a gasp
• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
…may repeat itself 50 or even more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air way, the person who snores can’t obtain sufficient oxygen, and this may lead to other problems.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
No doubt you know about the undesirable effects of second-hand smoke, but do you know about how harmful second-hand snoring might be to you? Studies have 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 louder 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, those who are unlucky enough to have a snorer in their bed experience more chronic pain, endure excessive fatigue, are more apt to fall asleep while driving, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One very interesting Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of chronic snorers were roused from sleep more than 21 times every hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.
What has been shown to be effective at silencing the snoring is a specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Peck, with more education in airway management. The snore-stopping appliance 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 you think that you are a victim of second-hand snoring, I urge you to get the snorer 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 accessible to those who snore loudly as well as have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Peck. A device is put in the mouth and worn just like a mouth protector used in sports. The appliance prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the rear of the throat so your airway remains wide open while asleep.
By simply promoting sufficient 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.