Snoring impacts 30 percent of men and women in America, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or having your rest disrupted by a snoring partner–impacts approximately 73 percent of individuals that sleep at night with someone who snores.
You snore. So what? It’s not hurting you because you’re asleep and can’t hear the chainsaw rumbles. Well, research shows that you are hurting your body and brain when you spend hours every night snoring away. The whole night is a struggle for your brain to get enough oxygen through your constricted airway. That doesn’t sound like a rejuvenation of the mind and body. That sounds more like out and out warfare.
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Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea never-ending cycle…
• falling asleep
• jaw relaxing
• airway collapsing
• a long duration with no airflow
• unconsciously waking up along with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
…may repeat itself 50 or maybe more times per hour throughout the night. Together with a blocked air passage, the person who snores cannot obtain enough oxygen, and this may lead to additional difficulties.
If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…
Everyone knows about the negative effects of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how harmful second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of chronic snorers 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 nightly blasts 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 have more pain, fight against higher levels of fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One telling Mayo Clinic study showed that spouses of loud snorers were roused from sleep an average of 21 times an hour, coming close to the 27 times an hour the actual snorer awakened.
What works on most people’s snoring problem is a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Lee, with advanced training in snoring causes and treatment. The anti-snore oral device 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. 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 are sharing a mattress with a snorer who makes you irritable, cranky, and chronically fatigued, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Lee. It might mean that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore as well as have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by West Mill Smiles. A device is placed in the mouth and worn similar to a mouth protector used in sports. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health threats without resorting to surgery or medications.
By simply promoting enough air intake, the appliance allows 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:
• 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.