My husband’s snoring is so loud that he’s sleeping more in the guest room than our bedroom! It is now so bad that he is waking up at night gasping for breath! I finally got him to our family Doctor who diagnosed him with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Problem is he hates the CPAP treatment and won’t wear the device. I’m really frustrated and worried about his health. I’ve heard that there may be a Dental solution to this problem… can you please help us?
Yes, I can help. The answer lies in the use of a very special oral appliance called a SomnoDent® which is an ideal alternative to CPAP therapy for patients who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate obstructive Sleep Apnea (“OSA”).
OSA is a serious medical condition in which breathing is interrupted by a partial blockage in your airway, causing you to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night – literally starving your brain and body of vital oxygen. The result of Sleep Apnea is a severe stress being placed on your body, especially on your cardiovascular system and metabolism. As a result, Sleep Apnea is frequently associated with the following medical conditions:
- heart disease or irregular heart beat
- high blood pressure
- weight gain
- lowered libido
- memory loss
- erectile dysfunction
- stroke and even death.
Although sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, it is usually males and females between the ages of 45-65. Due to a lack of public awareness, the vast majority of sufferers remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated despite the fact that the disorder can have serious medical consequences.
The SomnoDent® is a custom made removable oral appliance worn during sleep to increase the upper airway volume and reduce collapsibility by advancing the mandible. SomnoDent® devices maximize patient comfort and compliance and have exceptional levels of compliance 88%, treatment efficacy 91% and acceptance 96% of patients with OSA compared to CPAP compliance rates of less than 40%.
When a patient wears a Somnodent Oral Appliance the effect is much like protruding your lower jaw – because the tongue is attached via several muscle groups to the lower jaw, as the jaw moves forward, so does the tongue. This forward tongue posture allows for increased patency of the airway – a bigger breathing hole.
SomnoDent® treatment has also been shown to have a clinically signif cant impact in reducing patients’ blood pressure and has been predicted to reduce the risk of stroke. In addition, this blood pressure reduction was apparent in the early morning, which is the time of peak risk for acute myocardial infarction.
14 independent studies and over 12 years’ worth of research demonstrate SomnoDent’s efficacy and significant clinical benefits.
The updated practice parameters of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommend the use of oral devices such as the SomnoDent® for mild-to-moderate OSA (AHI < 25), or for patients with severe OSA who are either unable to tolerate CPAP or refuse treatment with CPAP.
And when you wear a SomnoDent® that has been adjusted by a Dentist who uses TENS and jaw tracking technology, the patient can wake up with less muscle stiffness and a better overall tongue position — all of which helps to create a more comfortable fitting appliance.
If you or a loved one snore or have been diagnosed with OSA please give our office a call today and book a consultation with our office! Find out how you maybe able to get a SomnoDent® covered by your extended medical benefits.