If the only thing your snoring did was keep your family awake, it would be bad enough. Getting shortchanged on sleep makes people irritable – and, frankly, it’s just plain hard to feel loving toward somebody whose snoring wakes you up several times a night. As bad as all that is, though, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Because your snoring is more than a burden to your family – it’s a very real danger to your health
The Risks Are Real
Repeated scientific studies show that, left untreated, snoring can increase your risk of type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, even heart failure and stroke. And that’s just the beginning. Because snoring can lead to more serious conditions like Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAS) – conditions that are linked to additional serious risks.
For example, did you know that experts believe that drivers who are exhausted from not sleeping at night because of these conditions are just as dangerous to themselves and others as drivers who are drunk? Studies estimate that as many as 200,000 auto accidents a year in the United States – and 1,500 deaths – are caused by people too tired to drive safely.
Stealing Your Breath
Snoring is the sound of the structures in your throat partially obstructing your breathing. As the air tries to get through it makes these structures vibrate. In Obstructive Sleep Apnea, breathing is totally blocked until low oxygen in the brain wakes you and you gasp for air. This happens over and over all night long. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how situations like these would put huge and dangerous stresses on your body.
Just How Bad Is YOUR Snoring?
Chances are you don’t know. Experts recommend you ask the person who shares your bedroom to grade how bad your snoring really is.
Grade 1: Heard only if you put your ear close to the person.
Grade2: Heard inside the bedroom.
Grade 3: Heard just outside the bedroom if the door is open.
Grade 4: Heard outside the bedroom even though the door is closed.
Lots of people are shocked to learn just how much their loud snoring has been disturbing the people they love.
Worry and Frustration
In the past, people with snoring problems have tried a variety of treatments, including surgery, to remove excess tissue in the back of their throat, and positive air pressure machines (CPAPs). However many people just aren’t comfortable with the idea of surgery. And, of those who tried the highly effective CPAP air pressure machines, roughly 50% could not tolerate the facemask, tubing and noise or found them too difficult to use. I’ve had friends and patients tell me time and time again how frustrated (and worried) they were because they just couldn’t find a treatment that worked.Worry and Frustration
A Better Way
That’s why I’m so pleased to offer oral appliance therapy – a way to treat snoring that’s safe, effective and comfortable. Oral appliances look like sports mouth protectors. Worn while you’re asleep, they help keep the soft tissues at the back of your throat from collapsing. So you breathe freely and quietly.
Most of my snoring patients find oral appliances comfortable and convenient. Unlike positive air pressure machines, they’re easy to use. In fact, most people report it only takes a week or two to get used to wearing them. Plus, patients like the fact that these appliances are small and easy to pack when traveling.
The Right Fit
To provide maximum effectiveness and comfort, these oral appliances require precision fitting. That’s where I come in. As a dentist with a special interest in treating snoring and related problems, I’ve learned how to choose the right oral appliance for you from among the over 40 on the market today. I’m experienced in fitting these appliances properly and in helping you learn how to use yours effectively.
Don’t wait. Get the rest – and the peace of mind — you need.
Dr. Andrea Stevens is a cosmetic and family dentist in practice in Kanata, Ontario. If you have dental questions, you can call her at 613-271-7091 or visit her at kanatacosmeticdentist.com Please also feel free to leave comments or questions below, and Dr. Stevens will be happy to answer!