Snoring, Sleep Apnea
A Dental Mouthpiece Can Be the Answer!
Snoring isn’t sexy, but it’s pretty common—among men, and women! The reality is that nearly one in three adults snore on a regular basis. Men snore more than women. Snoring increases with age and increasing weight. Drinking alcohol before bed, being overweight, smoking or overeating—all make snoring worse. If you suffer from snoring, our Washington, DC dentists may be able to help! Contact the Washington Center for Dentistry to schedule a free consultation.
What Causes Snoring? What is Sleep Apnea?
When the tissues at the back of the throat relax during sleep, the airway narrows and vibrates—causing “snoring.” For some people, loud snoring signals a more serious condition—Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)—a condition that blocks the airway and momentarily interferes with normal breathing. Fortunately, the brain realizes more oxygen is needed and wakes us up to breathe. You might be surprised to learn that OSA sufferers can experience hundreds of apnea episodes in one night, but they likely do not remember them. In fact, many who live alone—or sleep separately—often are unaware of their condition.
For many people with OSA, doctors prescribe a CPAP machine to control the condition. CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) pumps air through a nasal mask to keep the airway open. While it is an effective treatment, some patients find it difficult to tolerate the CPAP unit while they are sleeping.
The Alternative – Dental Oral Appliances!
If you suffer from snoring that interferes with restful sleep or that bothers your sleeping partner—a convenient, comfortable oral appliance could be the solution.
A specially trained dentist can prescribe Somnodent, which controls snoring and is equal to CPAP in effective treatment of sleep apnea. The dental device—which resembles a sports mouth guard—is known for better compliance than CPAP systems.
About SomnoDent Appliance:
- Comfortable, custom fit, easy to wear.
- Worn during sleep.
- Hidden inside the mouth, allowing lips to close.
- Mouth can open and close normally.
- Fits in palm of your hand.
- Easy to carry when travelling.
Can’t Stand My CPAP!
While CPAP is considered the “gold standard” for treatment, studies show that CPAP compliance often is below 50 percent because of the discomfort of the mask, the awkward tubing and the need to locate electrical outlets while traveling. It is estimated that one out of two to one out of four people do not wear their CPAP machines, risking heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke. In addition, their loud snoring often places a strain on their relationships.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
While people with sleep apnea think they are sleeping well, they may be struggling for air. As a result, they never receive the benefits of the nightly relaxing sleep needed for good health. Without the feeling of being refreshed, these men and women often drag through their days.
Matters can grow worse since the periodic lack of oxygen can cause high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms—even heart attack or stroke.
To find out if you exhibit sleep apnea symptoms, complete the simple questionnaire:
- Do you snore?
- Is your snoring interrupted by pauses or choking?
- Has anyone ever said that you stop breathing or pause in your breathing during sleep?
- Do you feel fatigued, exhausted or tired?
- Do you have high blood pressure or diabetes?
- Do you wake up at night or in the morning with headaches?
- Have you ever nodded off or fallen asleep while driving?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?
- Do you have problems keeping your legs still at night or need to move them to feel comfortable?
- Do you usually get less than six hours of sleep each night?
- Do you feel that your sleep is not refreshing or restful?
- Do you have periods of the day when it is hard to pay attention, to remember things or to stay awake?
If you answered “yes” to some or most of these questions, feel free to call 202.223.6630 or contact Washington Center for Dentistry to set up a sleep apnea consultation. Join our many patients who benefit from simple treatment.