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Snoring isn’t sexy, but it may also be an indication of a more serious medical problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Typically, someone with obstructive sleep apnea will snore heavily, & then stop breathing. There is effort to breathe, but air is unable to get through due to an obstruction of the airway stemming from a collapse of muscles & tissues near the throat. The person will then gasp & partially awaken in order to breathe.
The resulting repeated lack of oxygen to the brain puts extra strain on the heart, increasing blood pressure & the risk of heart disease, & other health problems.
1 in 5 adults has at least mild OSA.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone regardless of age or weight, although it does occur more often in men who are overweight & over 40. Risk also increases in direct relation to alcohol consumption & smoking. Often the person with sleep apnea is totally unaware of the problem & may deny the fact that he/she even snores.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Shirt collar size is one of eight signs of sleep apnea. If you have a neck size of 16 inches or more as a woman, and 17 inches as a man, you have a higher risk of having sleep apnea. Always feeling tired is another key symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. By determining your level of daytime sleepiness, sleep physicians & dentists can gain insight into how severe your sleep deprivation is.
Sleep Apnea Health Consequences
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea is associated with many life threatening diseases. People with untreated sleep apnea are 3 times more likely to have heart disease than those not afflicted. They also face risk of stroke 4 times greater than individuals withou.
It is estimated that over 40,000 people in America die each year from complications of sleep apnea (cardiovascular problems in some way connected to sleep apnea. That is over 100 deaths every single day, just in the United States alone.
Taking a Sleep Study
When there is a suspicion of a sleep disorder, your physician will recommend taking a sleep study. A sleep study measures how much & how well you sleep, & is required in order to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea & other sleep disorders.
A polysomnogram (PSG) is an in-lab sleep study performed overnight in a sleep center.
A home sleep test (HST) is a portable sleep study performed in the comfort of your home.
Your sleep study results will include all kinds of information about how you sleep, including whether you have obstructive sleep apnea & how severe it is if you do. Obstructive sleep apnea is classified as mild, moderate or severe based on the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI).
Neither snoring nor sleep apnea should be taken lightly as your health is at stake. If you believe that you or your loved one may have sleep apnea, contact your physician or sleep apnea dentist today!
Why Off The Shelf, Cheaper Options Are Less Desirable/Effective
Safety: OTC snoring mouthpieces should not be used to treat undiagnosed cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If you suspect that you have sleep apnea or any other sleep disorder, it is essential to consult with your doctor who will likely suggest that you have a sleep study conducted.
If you have conditions such as TMJ, gum disease, loose teeth, etc. you should consult with your dentist before using any oral appliances.
Oversight: With an over-the-counter device, there is not a dentist watching the patient for side effects and they are not put into the mouth of a patient who may not be a good fit.
Longevity: Generally speaking, professionally fitted oral appliances tend to have a longer useful life. The amount of time in which the appliance lasts will vary depending upon the manufacturer. For the most part, pro fitted devices will last anywhere from a couple years to five years. This estimate will greatly vary depending on factors such as how often it is used (hopefully every night) and whether or not you grind your teeth at night (bruxism).
Adjustability: In order to effectively control snoring, an oral appliance must be adjustable. Small incremental adjustments, typically 1 mm at a time, slowly pulls the jaw forward to the “advanced position”. By advancing the jaw too much at once, one can expect extreme facial tenderness in the morning. The idea is to advance the jaw forward into somewhat of a comfortable position while effectively reducing or eliminating snoring. This is often accomplished by adjusting the settings a couple millimeters at a time. All professionally fitted devices should feature some type of adjustment.
FIT: Your dentist will use dental trays to create a custom impression and then send this off to a lab to create a piece that closely hugs your teeth and gums. Once the device is returned from the lab, the dentist ensures a proper fit and makes adjustments if necessary.