Frustrated By Snoring? Tested Dental Device Ends Snoring

Snoring affects 30% of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or perhaps having your own rest disturbed by a heavy snoring partner–affects approximately 73 percent of individuals that sleep with someone who snores.

What’s the big deal about snoring? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it. and can’t understand what could be wrong. Well, sleep studies have shown that you are harming your brain and body when you spend hours every night snoring away. You fight the whole night just to get enough oxygen to your brain to keep it alive. That doesn’t sound like a peaceful night’s sleep. That seems more like a bad dream.

*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers

Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea never-ending cycle:

• falling asleep

• mouth relaxing

• air passage collapsing

• an extended time with no oxygen

• unconsciously awakening with a gasp

• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again

can repeat itself fifty or even more times per hour throughout the night. Along with a blocked air passage, the individual can’t receive enough oxygen, and this can lead to other difficulties.

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

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I’m sure you’re aware of the undesirable effects of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how harmful second-hand snoring could be to you? Ongoing research has shown 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 more irritating 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, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One alarming Mayo Clinic study resulted in evidence that spouses of loud snorers were pulled out of their sleep nearly every three minutes, 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 prescribed by a dentist, like Dr.Khoury, with more education in airway management. The anti-snore oral device can comfortably position the lower jaw into a forward position, preventing the airway from closing and ending the resultant vibration of the soft tissues. Test this for yourself while you’re reading this. 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.Khoury. There’s a good chance that you’ll soon be enjoying a quiet night at home.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution available to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr.Khoury. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is actually worn during sleep. It reduces sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgical procedures or medications.

By offering enough air intake, the device helps snorers finally get some good 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:

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• 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.

Take this simple Sleep Survey to help understand your problem. If you check four or more boxes, you should be seen for the condition.

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