Sick Of Snoring? Proven Dental Appliance Ends Snoring
Snoring impacts thirty percent of men and women in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or having your sleep disrupted by a snoring partner–impacts about seventy three percent of individuals that sleep with somebody who snores.
You snore. So what? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it. and aren’t aware of any problems. However, studies show that you are harming your brain when you snore the whole night through. Your entire night is spent trying to get enough oxygen to keep you alive. That doesn’t sound like restful sleep. That sounds more like out and out warfare.
Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea cycle:
• falling asleep
• mouth relaxing
• air passage collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously waking up with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
could repeat itself fifty or even more times each hour throughout the night. Together with a blocked air passage, the snorer cannot obtain enough oxygen, and this can lead to additional problems.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
You’ve probably heard of the undesirable results of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how harmful second-hand snoring can be to you? Studies have shown that bedmates of people who snore can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, 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, people who sleep with a chronic snorer suffer from higher levels of systemic pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and might even be more likely to a develop hearing loss in certain frequencies. One specific Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of loud snorers awakened more than 21 times every hour, 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. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York, with more education in airway management. The custom-fitted plastic piece positions the lower jaw in a farther forward location, increasing the airway space and reducing air velocity, soft tissue vibration and snoring up to 85 percent. Try this out 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 it sounds like you are suffering from a snorer’s rumblings, talk about visiting a qualified dentist, like Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York. Chances are that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore or have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is actually worn throughout sleep. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health problems without the need for surgical procedures or medicines.
By promoting enough air intake, the appliance can help snorers at long last get some good 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:
• The mask is uncomfortable
• The mask is taken off at night without knowing it
• The mask is taken off at night to use the bathroom and not put back on
• The mask irritates the skin and the nose
• Air in 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 gives you a feeling of claustrophobia
• Your nose can be stuffy because of a cold or allergies
• 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.