Sleep Apnea & Snoring
SNORING.......MORE THAN A SOCIAL PROBLEM
Snoring isn't just a noisy nuisance. As well as being loud enough to disturb both sufferers and their families, snoring can also interrupt sleep and place pressure on relationships.
Persistent loud snoring often disturbs the sleep of the snorer and anyone within hearing range. This disruption to sleep can contribute to fatigue and leave the sufferer feeling tired, drowsy, and inappropriately sleepy. The prolonged effects of lack of sleep can lead to slowed responses, memory problems, difficulty paying attention and concentrating, and may also cause performance problems at work. More importantly, lack of sleep can increase the risk of automobile accidents and can adversely affect relationships. Surveys have shown that many snoring couples resort to sleeping in separate rooms.
When snoring is so loud that it disturbs the sleep of snorers and their family, it may be a sign of a related condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
OSA- THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC
Although OSA sufferers may experience hundreds of episodes of apnea per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. If, as is often the case due to loud snoring and gasping, the sufferer sleeps separately or lives alone they may not be aware of their condition, even after many years.
During normal sleep, the muscles that control the tongue and soft palate hold the airway open. When the muscles relax, the airway narrows. This can lead to snoring and breathing difficulties. If the muscles relax too much, the airway can collapse and become blocked, causing an obstruction.
ORAL SLEEP APPLIANCE
Oral Sleep Appliances treat snoring and mild to moderate OSA by moving the lower jaw forward slightly. This forward movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction of the airway while you sleep. The tightening created by the device also prevents the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating as air passes over them - the most common cause of loud snoring.
They are custom-made devices, consisting of upper and lower plates which allows normal mouth opening and closing. The device is adjustable which improves the efficacy and comfort level of treatment, as the jaw is moved only as far as is required to alleviate the condition.
Oral Sleep Appliances are a highly effective solution, for the majority of patients, to the problem of loud snoring and mild to moderate OSA. Its exceptional levels of patient acceptance and compliance, and treatment efficacy are backed by a large body of clinical research.
WHAT WILL THE DENTIST DO?
Dr. Lunson will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth and may use X-rays to confirm your oral health status, as well as ensuring that you are dentally appropriate for the device. Dental impressions are required to fabricate an oral appliance. They are taken, and sent to a laboratory that makes oral sleep appliances. Once custom made for you, the appliance will be inserted by Dr. Lunson who will show you how to insert and remove it yourself, as well as how to clean and care for it.
If you are interested in scheduling a complimentary consult to find out more please call the office at 281-446-2362.
**Information gathered from SomnoMed.**