It is fairly normal for most of us to snore from time to time, especially if we are tired.
The rattling sound we hear in people who snore is actually caused by the vibration of tissues in your throat, such as the soft palate and uvula (the small finger-like projection hanging in the back of the throat).
Loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition – Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. Some people have a defect in their throat tissues that prevents air from entering the windpipe. Completely blocked or restricted airways are caused by many things, such as an abnormally large uvula, blocked nasal passages, a poorly developed lower jaw, and in more serious cases, polyps, cysts, or a deviated septum.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition. People with OSA often suffer from restless sleep, excessive tiredness, depression and can develop more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, and even congestive heart failure.
People with untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep. This may happen hundreds of times during the night and can often last for a minute or longer.
Although Obstructive Sleep Apnea can affect anyone at any age, it is usually affects the 45 – 56 age group. 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 consequences.
Previously, most patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea were prescribed the nightly use of the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP. This treatment involves wearing a facemask connected to a pump that forces air into the air passages at pressures high enough to overcome obstructions in the airway. However, many patients find this treatment loud, invasive and uncomfortable.
In our office, Dr. Stender prescribes the SomnoDent ™ MAS. This is a custom made device, designed to hold your lower jaw (mandible) forward while you sleep. This tightens the muscles of the upper airway to allow easier breathing. It does not impinge on your tongue and fits completely inside your mouth, which means it is more comfortable and discreet than other products. It is the only device of its kind to allow normal mouth opening and closing. This means you can talk or drink with the device in position and close your lips. And, it can be adjusted forward and back to the optimum position for effective treatment.
Oral appliances were first utilized in the 1930′s to help people breathe properly during sleep. Consequently, many MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) devices exist. The SomnoDent ™ design has a number of key features which represent quantum improvements on these existing devices. SomnoDent ™ is now recognized globally by an expanding group of sleep dentists as the MAS God Standard.
Some additional advantages of the SonmoDent ™ MAS are:
- Travels well
- Sleep free from Attachments
- Speak and drink while in use
- Does not require electricity
- No cumbersome head gear
- No consumable parts to replace
- Does not limit sleep positions
The above advantages provide it exceptional levels of patient acceptance and compliance. Therefore, the SomnoDent ™ MAS is a highly effective solution for the majority of patients suffering from mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring.