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

What’s the big deal about snoring? You’re asleep so you don’t notice it. and aren’t aware of any problems. But, studies of snorers have shown that you are causing harm to your body and brain when you are blissfully asleep and snoring. 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 sounds more like out and out warfare.

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

Enduring The Exhausting Cycle Of Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea cycle:

• falling asleep

• mouth relaxing

• air passage collapsing

• a long duration with no airflow

• unconsciously awakening with a gasp

• going back to sleep only to start the cycle again

could repeat itself fifty or more times per hour throughout the night. Together with a blocked air way, the individual cannot receive sufficient oxygen, and this may result in various other difficulties.

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

Arizona Advanced Dental Snoring Dental Patient Judi

I’m sure you’re aware of the ugly results of second-hand smoke, but have you heard of how damaging second-hand snoring could be to you? Studies have shown that bedmates of nighttime rumblers may experience as many negative consequences as the snorer. When you consider that snorers may top out at nearly 80 decibels, a bed partner’s rumblings are noisier than having a coffee grinder running in your ear all night.

According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, people who sleep next to a snorer have more pain, complain of increased fatigue, have more frequent episodes of conscious “blackouts” while driving, and could wind up losing some of their hearing in certain frequency ranges. One very interesting Mayo Clinic study said that spouses of rumbling snorers woke more than 21 times every hour, nearly as often as the 27 times an hour the snoring person partially woke up.

The answer to this unhealthy scenario may lie in a comfortable dental appliance similar to a mouthguard and molded by a dentist, like Dr. Clifford, specifically trained in treating sleep disordered breathing. An anti-snoring mouthguard helps the snorer keep the lower jaw positioned slightly forward, 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 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. Clifford. Chances are that soon, the two of you will finally be more alert and healthier.

Oral Appliance Alleviates Snoring/Sleep Apnea

A solution open to those who snore or perhaps have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance offered by Dr. Clifford. The oral appliance is comparable to an athletic mouth guard and is actually worn throughout sleep. The appliance prevents the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues at the rear of the throat so your air passage stays open while sleeping.

By offering adequate air intake, the device can help snorers to 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:

Arizona Advanced Dental Snoring Dental Patient George

• 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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