While the wide variety of sleep sounds that come from bed partners can range from soothing to scary, the truth is that snoring, can indicate a real behind-the-scenes problem.
Snoring Problems by the Numbers
Dr. Angela a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, (AADSM) the only non-profit, national association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. AADSM recently conducted a survey that revealed what may be causing relationship woes. Here are a few startling statistics from the report:
In addition to hurting your love life, snoring and sleep disordered breathing can also be harming your health. Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement when breathing while sleeping. It is a tell-tale sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious respiratory disease that can increase your or a loved ones risk for significant health problems. Untreated sleep apnea can raise your risk for congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression and loss of libido.
Sleep apnea is often treated with a PAP therapy. The machine has a motor and long tubing, and requires the patient to wear a face mask while sleeping. Dentists offer an effective alternative to PAP by treating snoring and sleep apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy; a custom made oral appliance that is similar to an orthodontic retainer. Worn only during sleep, it maintains an open, unobstructed airway preventing snoring and sleep apnea.
Compared with a PAP machine and mask, oral appliances are less cumbersome and more discreet for both the snorer and their partner. In fact, the survey revealed that single adults are twice as likely to prefer oral appliance therapy over PAP therapy. When compared with PAP, oral appliances can feel less burdensome, making it a less embarrassing choice than a bulky PAP machine and mask. Oral appliances also come with the perks of being silent, portable and easy to clean.
Dr. Angela has treated several couples who report that oral appliance therapy saved their relationship by silencing loud snoring. Treatment also improved their sleep – as well as their health and energy levels. If snoring is a problem in your bedroom, let’s chat about solutions! Make an appointment today by calling 423/892-5137 or scheduling your next visit online at www.lunndentistry.com.
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