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Fred H. Peck, DDS, AAACD
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Stop Snoring With Brand New, Easy Dental Device

Snoring has an effect on 30% of individuals in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or maybe having your own rest disturbed by a snoring partner–has an effect on approximately 73 percent of people who sleep at night with someone who snores.

What’s the big deal about snoring? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it and can’t hear the chainsaw rumbles. But, sleep research reveals that you are harming your brain and body 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 getting recuperative rest. That sounds like a nightmare.

*** 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
     • jaw relaxing
     • air passage collapsing
     • an extended time with no oxygen
     • unconsciously waking up along with a gasp
     • going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

…may repeat itself fifty or even more times per hour during the night. Together with a blocked air way, the snorer can’t obtain adequate oxygen, and this can lead to some other difficulties.

Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers

Peck Snoring Dental Patient Jake

Everyone knows about the negative consequences of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how damaging second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of nighttime rumblers may experience as many negative consequences as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, a bed partner’s thunder rumbles 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, those who are unlucky enough to have a snorer in their bed suffer from higher levels of systemic pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, are more apt to fall asleep while driving, and might even be more likely to a develop hearing loss in certain frequencies. One telling Mayo Clinic study said that spouses of chronic snorers woke about 21 times in an hour, coming close to the 27 times an hour the actual snorer awakened.

The answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and available from a dentist, like Dr. Peck, with more education in airway management. The snore-stopping appliance positions the lower jaw in a farther forward location, preventing the airway from closing and ending the resultant vibration of the soft tissues. Test this for yourself while you’re reading this. 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. Peck. There’s a good chance that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution open to those who snore loudly or have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dr. Peck. A device is placed in the mouth and worn much like a sports mouth protector. The appliance prevents the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues in the rear of the throat so that the air passage stays open during sleep.

By promoting sufficient air intake, the appliance helps snorers to at long last get some sleep.

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 Olga

• 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.