Snoring/Sleep Apnea in Fullerton
Fullerton CA Dentist - Stephen H. Chou DDS - Sleep
The Dangers of snoring
It is estimated that more than 90 million North Americans snore. Taking into account the snorer's spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. And snoring doesn't merely initerrupt your sleep cycle. the struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects.
What causes snoring?
During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased, soft tissues like the soft palate and uvula vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in "noisy breathiing" or snoring.
Surgical techniques used to remove respiration-impairing structures has shown only moderate success rates (20-40%). For the majority of snorers, however, the most affordable, noninvasive, comfortable and effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device, such as Silent Nite
How can I prevent snoring?
Silent Nite is a custom-fabricated dental device that moves the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducting air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Special connectors are atttached to transparent flexible upper and lower splints. The splints are custom made from a dental model of the mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable, permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and allowing uninhibited oral breathing.