Sick Of Snoring? Proven Dental Device Stops Snoring

Snoring impacts thirty percent of people in America, while second-hand snoring (being kept up or even having your own rest disturbed by a heavy snoring partner) impacts approximately 73 percent of individuals who sleep with someone who snores.

Snoring doesn’t appear to be a serious problem. In fact, it seems like something normal. Seriously, we’ve been sleeping with, and joking about, people who snore since Neanderthals started snoring in their caves. “Now,” Dr. Gerkin explains, “studies show that snoring can be harmful because of the restriction of airflow 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.

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

Riding The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea cycle…

     • drifting off to sleep
     • jaw relaxing
     • air passage collapsing
     • the brain’s struggle to rouse itself before suffocation
     • unconsciously awakening with a gasp
     • falling back asleep only to start the cycle again

…may repeat itself fifty or even more times each hour during the night. Along with a blocked air way, the person who snores can’t acquire sufficient oxygen, and this can lead to additional issues.

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

Gerkin Snoring Dental Patient Sally

I’m sure you’re aware of the undesirable consequences of second-hand smoke, but are you aware of how bad second-hand snoring might be to you? Studies have shown 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 sound waves 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 next to a snorer deal with heightened levels of overall pain, endure excessive fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and could eventually find themselves deaf in certain sound frequencies. One very interesting Mayo Clinic study resulted in evidence that spouses of loud snorers awakened nearly every three minutes, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.

The solution to this potentially deadly scenario can be found in a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and molded by a dentist, like Dr. Gerkin, with more education in airway management. This little plastic “miracle” helps the snorer keep the lower jaw positioned slightly 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. 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 have a chronic snorer in your life and in your bed, suggest a visit to a qualified dentist, like Dr. Gerkin. 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 loudly as well as have sleep apnea is an oral appliance offered by Dr. Gerkin. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouth guard and is worn throughout sleep. The appliance inhibits the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so your air passage stays wide open during sleep.

By simply promoting adequate air intake, the device can help snorers to at long last 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:

Gerkin Snoring Dental Patient Olga

• 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.

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