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Stop Snoring With New, Simple Dental Device

Snoring affects thirty percent of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept awake or perhaps having your own sleep disturbed by a heavy snoring partner–affects about seventy three percent of individuals that sleep with somebody that snores.

Dr. Longman explain, “Despite the fact that snoring seems physically safe, it may be a red flag for a much more serious and at times fatal condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.” This occurs when the airway completely deflates, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the more restrictive the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists right up until the brain partly awakens the individual. Unconscious, the person shuts the jaw, returning the tongue along with throat to a standard position.

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Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

  • The sleep apnea cycle:
  • falling asleep
  • mouth relaxing
  • airway collapsing
  • the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation
  • unconsciously waking up along with a gasp
  • going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

may repeat itself 50 or maybe more times each hour during the night. With a blocked air way, the snorer can’t receive sufficient oxygen, and this may result in other difficulties.

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

Alexandria Old Town Dental Snoring Dental Patient StephanieNo doubt you know about the undesirable results of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how harmful second-hand snoring could be to you? Ongoing research has shown that bedmates of nighttime rumblers can be deprived of just as much sleep as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, a bed partner’s snores are more irritating 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, those who are unlucky enough to have a snorer in their bed deal with heightened levels of overall pain, complain of increased fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One telling Mayo Clinic study showed that spouses of rumbling snorers woke about 21 times in an hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.

The answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and molded by a dentist, like Dr. Longman, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. The snore-stopping appliance adjusts the lower jaw’s resting position to be more forward, increasing the airway space and reducing air velocity, soft tissue vibration and snoring up to 85 percent. 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, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Longman. There’s a good chance that you’ll soon be getting the restful, restorative sleep that everyone needs.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution open to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Alexandria Old Town Dental. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouth guard and is actually worn while sleeping. The appliance prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so the airway remains open while asleep.

By simply promoting enough air intake, the device 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:

Alexandria Old Town Dental Snoring Dental Patient George

  • 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.