Snore No More!Briarcliff Manor, NY
SLEEP APPLIANCES PROVIDE A SAFE AND EASY SOLUTION FOR SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA.
WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
Snoring is caused when the soft tissues of the throat relax during sleep and block the passage of air. As the air moves through the constricted area, the soft tissues vibrate and rattle, producing the distinctive sound known as "snoring." Snoring often gets worse from colds, allergies, alcohol, smoking, being overweight and aging.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
When the airway is completely blocked breathing stops. The snoring stops. If the episode lasts longer than 10 seconds and there are more than 5 episodes per hour of sleep it is called apnea (without breath). When a person stops breathing, oxygen levels decrease, heart rate changes and blood pressure rises. As dramatic changes take place the brain will stimulate the person to breath and the person is aroused from sleep with a large gasp or snort as they start to wake up. Deep sleep is never attained as the cycle of apnea and arousal continues.
More than 90 million Americans over 18 snore If you, or someone you love, regularly experience sleep interruptions because of snoring or apnea, there is a dental procedure available that will finally ensure a good night's sleep.
Snoring is more than just annoying; it can be dangerous too. Snoring can be a major cause of sleep interruptions and may even lead to sleep deprivation. Snoring can be a sign of a more serious sleep problem call sleep apnea. Sleep deprivation can:
Snoring can even ruin relationships. Studies found scientific evidence that snoring has a negative impact on the non-snoring mate. Researchers found that non-snoring partners:
HOW IS SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
For snoring and mild to moderate apnea an oral appliance is indicated and recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The appliance brings the lower jaw forward and thereby opens the airway.
For more severe cases a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) device can be used. For some patients surgical alternatives may need to be considered.
The most important thing a person can do is to loose weight if they are overweight. 10 to 15 pounds can have a significant reduction in snoring/apnea.
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