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Snoring Isn't Sexy and It Isn't Healthy
Snoring really isn't sexy. Neither is cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, depression and even erectile dysfunction. Nor are the accidents caused by the drowsy driving related to sleep apnea.
And now a new study has shown that loud snoring itself can have devastating consequences. An article published in March, 2008 stated that loud snorers had 40% greater odds of having hypertension, 34 % greater odds of having a heart attack and 67 % greater odds of having a stroke than people who did not snore.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
It doesn't matter if you are a man or woman (although men do snore
more), or young or old or thin or heavy, snoring and sleep apnea can
affect everyone - even young children! Snoring can be a sign of
obstructive sleep apnea. It's not just unsexy. It's unhealthy. But
you're not alone, which is why we've created this resource.
Increased stroke risk if you snore
Did you know hat you face a 75% increased risk of stroke if you snore? Just another reason why snoring should no longer be considered a joke.
Nearly one half of adults snore
Snoring affects every age group and both sexes. People all over the globe snore. Snoring is a universal problem with universal consequences both for health and the quality of interpersonal relationships.
Snoring can be a relationship deal breaker
Snoring can disrupt marriages and cause sleepless nights for bed-partners. The emotional costs of snoring are as severe as snoring's
And it's a definitely a relationship deal breaker in the early stages of an intimate relationship.
Nine reasons it could be more than snoring
It may be just snoring, it may be more.
Snoring can be a hazard to your health, but it is treatable with oral appliance therapy.
CPAP isn't sexy
CPAP interferes with socialization. The mask itself, the noise of the
machine, the thought of a bed partner wearing a cumbersome device at
night can adversely effect even a mature relationship.
fear of a destroyed relationship has led many sleep apnea sufferers to
abandon their CPAP machine leading to low compliance and a situation dangerous to their health.
Dentistry offers a less obstrusive solution - a dental mouthpiece worn totally within the mouth.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Medically, snoring can be the precursor of obstructive sleep apnea that
has been linked to heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke. In
its own right, snoring has been linked to Type II Diabetes.
usually interrupts loud snoring with a period of silence in which no
air passes into the lungs. Eventually the lack of oxygen and the
increase in carbon dioxide will awaken the sleeper forcing the airway
to open with a loud gasp. This cessation of snoring followed by a gasping for air should alert the bed-partner that their bed mate may have a problem with sleep apnea and to suggest a visit to a qualified dentist or sleep physician.
When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the
tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper
airway and air flow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes
low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the
throat clears and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud
gasp. People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep,
and low blood oxygen levels.
Are you aware of the possibility of sleep apnea?
Out of every 100 people who have sleep apnea only 5-10% have been diagnosed
and are aware of their increased risk for heart disease, high blood
pressure, stroke, diabetes and even erectile dysfunction.
Can''t Tolerate Your CPAP?
Dental sleep medicine provides a solution for patients
who may actively dislike their or be totally intolerant of CPAP.
Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is generally considered the mainstay of
treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. However, in almost half of the
cases where it is prescribed, it is poorly tolerated or simply rejected
due to its cumbersome and intrusive nature.
you or a loved one snores or has had difficulty wearing their medically
prescribed CPAP, we have had the years of experience
necessary to offer a dental solution.
Oral Appliance Therapy and Dental Sleep Medicine Can Make A Difference
are placed in the mouth and are worn much like an orthodontic appliance
or sports mouth protector. They are worn during sleep to prevent the
collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat so
that the airway stays open during sleep.
Two types of appliance are available. The first and most common engages the upper and lower jaws and moves the lower jaw to a forward position opening the back of the throat to allow free air passage. The other type of appliance retains the tongue, holding it forward and preventing collapse.
The appliances promote
adequate air intake and help to provide normal sleep in people who
snore and have a medical condition known as sleep apnea. Oral
appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other means of
therapy such as continuous positive air pressure (CPAP).
of proper therapy can only be made by joint consultation of our office
and your sleep physician.
The doctor will review your sleep-breathing problems with your physicians to determine the best course of therapy.