Snoring has an effect on thirty percent of people in the United States, while second-hand snoring (being kept awake or even having your sleep disturbed by a heavy snoring partner) has an effect on about 73 percent of people who sleep with somebody who snores.
Snoring doesn’t seem like a worrisome problem. In fact, it seems like a sign of very relaxed sleeping. Think about it, we’ve been putting up with, and rolling our eyes at, loud snorers since Neanderthals started snoring in their caves. “Now,” Dr. Louis R. Garcia explains, “research shows that snoring can be harmful because the brain and body don’t get enough oxygen during sleep.” Imagine breathing through one of those tiny drink stir straws for an entire day at work. Now you can see what your brain is enduring all night as you snore.
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Suffering The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea
The sleep apnea cycle…
• falling asleep
• jaw relaxing
• airway collapsing
• an extended time with no oxygen
• unconsciously awakening with a gasp
• falling back asleep only to start the cycle again
…may repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. Along with a blocked air passage, the individual cannot receive enough oxygen, and this can lead to additional issues.
If You’re The Spouse/Partner Of A Snorer…
You’ve probably heard of the ugly effects of second-hand smoke, but do you know about how bad second-hand snoring might be to you? Research shows that bedmates of snorers can lose as much or more sleep as the snorer. Given that snorers can produce nearly 80 decibels of sound, 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, people who sleep with a chronic snorer have more pain, suffer from ongoing fatigue, are more susceptible to “instant sleep” while driving, and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. One telling Mayo Clinic study revealed that spouses of rumbling snorers awakened an average of 21 times an hour, coming close to the 27 times an hour the actual snorer awakened.
The answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a lightweight dental device worn by the snorer like a mouthguard and available from a dentist, like Dr. Louis R. Garcia, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. This little plastic “miracle” adjusts the lower jaw’s resting position to be more forward, opening up the airways of the throat to eliminate snoring. 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 you think that you are a victim of second-hand snoring, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Louis R. Garcia. There’s a good chance that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.
Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea
A solution available to those who snore or even have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dominion Ridge Dentistry. An appliance is placed in the mouth and worn similar to a sports mouth protector. It reduces sleep apnea associated health problems without the need for surgery or medications.
By promoting adequate air intake, the appliance helps snorers to finally 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.