Stop Snoring With Brand New, Easy Dental Device
Snoring impacts 30% of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring (being kept awake or perhaps having your own sleep disturbed by a snoring partner) impacts about seventy three percent of people who sleep at night with someone who snores.
Snoring can’t be a big deal. In fact, it seems like something normal. Think about it, we’ve been putting up with, and telling jokes about, house rumbling snorers since Adam started snoring in Eden. “Now,” Dr. Peck explains, “research shows that snoring can negatively affect your health because the brain is starved for oxygen during sleep.” Imagine trying to spend eight hours of your awake time breathing through one of those tiny drink straws. That will give you an idea of what your body has to endure all night if you are a snorer.
*** The following video may be too disturbing for some viewers
Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea cycle:
- drifting off to sleep
- mouth relaxing
- air passage collapsing
- an extended time with no oxygen
- unconsciously waking up with a gasp
- going back to sleep only to start the cycle again
This could repeat itself fifty or maybe more times each hour throughout the night. Along with a blocked airway, the person who snores cannot obtain sufficient oxygen, and this can result in some other difficulties.
Dangerous To Spouses/Partners Of Snorers
You’ve probably heard of the undesirable effects of second-hand smoke, but have you seen the news about how harmful second-hand snoring can be to you? Research shows that bedmates of snorers receive as little restorative sleep 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 have more pain, endure excessive fatigue, are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. One telling Mayo Clinic study found that spouses of loud snorers awakened an average of 21 times an hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.
What has been shown to be effective at silencing the snoring is a specially fashioned piece of plastic worn in the mouth every night by the snorer and offered by a dentist, like Dr. Peck, with more education in airway management. The anti-snore oral device 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. You can test this 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, I urge you to get the snorer to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Peck. It might mean that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution accessible to those who snore loudly or perhaps have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Peck. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is actually worn throughout sleep. It reduces sleep apnea associated health threats without resorting to surgical procedures or medications.
By simply promoting enough air intake, the appliance can help snorers to 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 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.