Snoring and Sleep Apnea


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At some point during the night, you know you caught a few zzz’s. You also know your partner nudged you a few times to tell you to ‘quit snoring’. And once you were awake, it took you hours to fall back to sleep. You wonder “will I ever wake up again – full of energy and rested?”

Well, you aren’t alone. You aren’t the only one wondering when you’ll wake fully recharged and full of zest. Over half of all adults – 50% of the population – are getting less than the recommended amount of daily sleep. In addition, your sleep issues not only affect you, it burdens your bed partner and sometimes your entire family’s lives as well.

Lack of sleep can lead to diabetes, depression, hypertension, obesity, heart attacks and strokes.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to adequately rest your body, on a regular basis, it’s cheated out of the chance to fully repair itself. As a result, your health is being compromised. Prolonged sleep deprivation results in health consequences that run the gamut from annoying to life-threatening. If your sleep problems aren’t addressed – depression, obesity, diabetes, lack of libido, heart attack, hypertension and stroke are all extremely genuine outcomes.

Benefits of Oral Dental Appliances

Logo - National Institutes of HealthAccording to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately one-third of the American population suffers from sleep disorders with excessive snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among the most common. As with virtually all health disorders, there is more than one treatment option for people suffering from excessive snoring or OSA. In addition to invasive surgery which can involve a painful and difficult recovery, is the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and oral appliance therapy.

Logo - American Academy of Sleep MedicineThe American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has recommended the use of oral appliances as the first line of treatment for mild to moderate OSA. AASM further states that oral appliances are indicated for patients who do not respond to CPAP, are not deemed good candidates for CPAP, or fail to use their CPAP for the following reasons:

  • Heat and pressure of the mask is uncomfortable
  • Restrictions on range of motion is intolerable
  • Noise generated by the air pump disturbs restful sleep
  • Difficulty keeping mask in place during sleep

Oral appliances serve as an easy and effective treatment option as they are simply designed to “clip” over your teeth while sleeping. This non-intrusive device keeps your throat from closing off the airway by either moving the lower jaw forward (mandibular repositioning) or realigning the position of the tongue. In some cases, particularly where the tongue positioning is a major causative factor, the retraining provided by the device can lead to the tongue eventually learning to position itself correctly so that wearing the device is no longer necessary. Patients immediately identify with the benefits of oral appliances over the burdensome CPAP machines.