Snoring alone can cause a very disrupted sleep pattern in both the snorer and the sleep partner. Sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening disorder. Due to its severity and the number of people who suffer, we have dedicated an entire website to this subject.
Please visit our adjunct Snoring and Sleep Apnea website at www.sleepdisorderdentalcenter.com
to view an informational video.
It is recommended that you view this video with your sleeping partner as it may help identify problems of which you are unaware.
Remember 90% of people who suffer from sleep apnea are undiagnosed.
Todays treatments of snoring and sleep apnea are ever evolving and oral appliance therapy is showing great results. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently released an article that changed the reccomended initial treatment of Sleep Apnea. They stated that Oral Appliance therapy should be considered amongst the first lines of treatment due to non-invasiveness.
At our office we primarily use the Somnodent MAS(Mandibular Advancement System). It functions much like a nightguard or sports mouthgaurd and clips gently over your teeth at night. When the appliance is in, it helps to bring your lower jaw slightly forward openning your attached airway resulting in an adequate airflow. An adequate airflow translates to less vibration(less snoring) and proper oxygen delivery throughout your body. This helps to prevent the detrimental effects of snoring and sleep apnea including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, depression, anxiety, daytime sleepiness, driving and work-related accident, and many more.
If you have any questions regaurding your snoring or sleep apnea, please arrange a consult with Dr. Mautner and get treated soon. It may be a life altering decision.