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Snoring isn’t SEXY…. but neither is a CPAP!

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Did you know snoring can be controlled with an oral appliance?!

A look at what you look like on the inside will help us discuss things intelligently. Stop hyperventilating, yes you – it ain’t brain surgery. It’s not as hard as you think it is. Just take a good look at the diagram -everything is clearly labeled.

SoBeDENTIST_snoring-diagram

Not so bad, pretty easy to understand, yes? Most of the structures, we will be talking about are clearly labeled.

So many people snore, everyone thinks it’s normal…
Snoring is the sound you make when you breathe through your nose and mouth while you are asleep. That’s pretty obvious. It happens when air doesn’t move smoothly through the air passages making the soft tissue in the throat vibrate.

The Sounds of Snoring
The sound of snoring comes from the uvula, the back of the tongue and the other soft tissues of the throat flapping as air passes over them when you breathe during sleep. It’s very much like the sound a flag makes when it waves in the wind. This can happen even when the tissues are normal size because when you fall asleep the muscles in the throat, soft palate and uvula relax. 

Airway blockage is the root cause of all snoring problems. When you snore, your airway is partially blocked by the soft tissues in the back of the throat, b the back of the tongue and by the soft palate and uvula. This causes a decrease of air flow to the lungs. A decrease in air flow causes a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Who Snores?
At the very minimum, at least 30% of adults snore on a regular basis and up to 50% snore occasionally. Men snore more than women at a ratio of 2:1 but women do snore. Snoring increases with increasing age and increasing weight. Allergies, asthma, colds and sinus infections increase the risk of snoring.

Drinking an alcoholic beverage before you go to sleep, being overweight, smoking or overeating all can make the problem worse as can some medications like muscle relaxants In some people simply sleeping on their back can cause snoring.

Snoring can ruin your sex life, and more…

  • Living with a snorer can strain even the most dedicated relationship leading to dissension and in some case, divorce.
  • If you are kept awake night after night by a bed partner’s snoring, you are not getting the sleep you need. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, muddled thinking, illness, poor performance at work and drowsy driving.
  • When a spouse is disturbed by snoring, he or she will move to a separate bedroom. A recent study pointed out that 80% of snoring couples slept apart. If you sleep in separate rooms, even Viagra won’t help.
  • The effect of the noise on a sleeping partner of a snorer can raise blood pressure in direct relation to the intensity of the noise. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.

Medical problems associated with snoring

  • Repeated deprivation of oxygen to the brain can cause high blood pressure which can damage the carotid arteries on each side of the neck. The carotid arteries carry oxygen to the brain. The damage can lead to the development of cholesterol and calcium containing plaque which further restricts blood flow to the brain and can lead to stroke.
  • A report from the University of California School of Dentistry found that 21% of men who snore had hardened blockages in their carotid arteries.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • And now a new study has shown that loud snoring itself can have devastating consequences. An article published in March, 2008* stated that loud snorers had 40% greater odds of having hypertension, 34 % greater odds of having a heart attack and 67 % greater odds of having a stroke than people who did not snore.*

So what can you do about snoring…

  • Avoid sleeping on your back. 
  • Raise the head of the bed 4 inches or so
  • Lose weight
  • Avoid drinking alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime. Do not take a drink to help you fall asleep.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid medications that relax the muscles (if possible)
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal within three hours of bedtime
  • Ask your bed partner to wake you if you snore
  • Exercise to improve your physical condition
  • Try nasal strips or nasal dilators to keep the nostrils open
  • Ask your dentist about your snore problem and a stop snoring mouthpiece called an oral appliance to help stop snoring and control sleep apnea
  • If the problem is really severe and/or if you stop breathing during sleep get checked by a sleep physician. He or she may recommend a CPAP machine or surgery.

*American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2008, March 1). Snoring Linked To Cardiovascular Disease, Increased Health-care Utilization.

Childhood Sleep Apnea

Between 20%-50% of the Pediatric & Adolescent population seen in the dental chair may have a sleeping disorder, often un-diagnosed. Unlike in adults where the chief complaint is fatigue and snoring, children experience daytime hyperactivity, behavioral issues, irritability, neurocognitive impairment, and poor school performance. Quality of sleep has a huge impact in the lives of our children. As a dentist trained in Dental Sleep Medicine there are varies internal and external oral signs and symptoms we witness during our oral examinations day in and day out in our office.

Just to mention a few:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Allergic shiner or dark spots underneath the eyes
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  • Big tongue
  • Runny nose
  • Snoring
  • High palate 
  • Gingivitis

The AAP ( American Academy of Pediatric) guidelines recommend that children who snore be tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. If the child is diagnosed with OSA the recommended procedure is Adenotosillectomy, weight loss, or CPAP if surgery is not conducted. If you know any kids suffering with these symptoms come in for a complimentary Dental Sleep Apnea screening or call us at 305.535.2225 for more information. 

 

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SoBeDentist

The expertise of SoBeDentist’s Drs. Escoto and Mantovani goes above and beyond cosmetic and general dentistry––for which they are members of several state and national associations––to address sleep apnea and TMJ jaw disorders as well. In addition to relying on them for cleanings, implants, and braces, their patients come to them when they need help screening for sleep apnea or with TMJ symptoms such as headaches, vertigo, ringing of the ears, or head and neck pain. Both pros graduated from New York University’s School of Dentistry, and each has a set of specialties. Dr. Escoto focuses on Neuromuscular dentistry and is fluent in both Spanish and English. Dr. Mantovani specializes in surgery, and has a glimmering list of job and educational experiences that has influenced his career.

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Educating our “yougin” patients on Sleep Apnea! Meet our favorite little patient Christian Barnes, only two years old! Talk about early prevention!

SoBeDENTIST.com featured in Miami Beach News!

Our Sleep Apnea article featured in Miami Beach News for the month on June, 2012

Daniella Moray & her testimonial on the improvement her Neuromuscular Appliance made by SoBeDENTIST.com has made in her life! Daniella would suffer of migraine headaches, vertigo, and chronic ringing in her ears. Listen to her story and follow her path to recovery!

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