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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Stop Your or Your Loved One's Potential Life-threatening Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The Dangers of Snoring

Snoring is caused by the airway narrowing or even occluding during sleep. This sleep disorder poses a serious risk to personal relationships and health. The aveoTSD is a medical device that can reduce or eliminate snoring and improve quality of life.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is caused by a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep. This can be due to large tonsils, a long uvula or excessive flabby tissue in the throat. All of these areas relax during sleep.

However, the most common cause of narrowing of the upper airway is a tongue muscle that becomes too relaxed during sleep. When relaxed, the muscle is sucked into the back of the throat with each breath taken.

Snoring occurs when air travels faster through a narrow tube than through a broad one. This rapidly moving air causes the relaxed soft tissues of the throat (tonsils, soft palate, uvula or excessive flabby tissue) to vibrate. It is this vibration that creates the sound of snoring.

Is Snoring Harmful?

Problem snoring, in which the tongue is completely sucked against the back of the throat and blocks breathing, can pose serious health risks.

Symptoms of snoring:

° Gasping, irregular or stopped breathing during sleep
° Hypertension/high blood pressure
° Diabetes
° Morning headaches
° Extreme daytime sleepiness
° Memory deficit
° Depression
° Nighttime reflux/heartburn/GERD
° Nocturia

Increased risk factors for snoring:

° Genetics
° Gender (more common in men)
° Large neck (>15.7“ women, >16.9" men)
° Obesity (BMI >30)
° Diagnosis of hypertension
° Excessive use of alcohol, sedatives and tobacco

Prevalence of Snoring

Sixty percent of men and 40 percent of women between the ages of 41 and 65 are habitual snorers. Snoring increase greatly once people reach the age of 35.

Young T, Peppard PE, Gottlieb DJ. Epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea: a population health perspective. Am J Respir Crit Care
Med 2002.

Snoring is common in children aged 2 to 7, particularly at times of upper respiratory tract infection when the tonsils enlarge.

Ali NJ, Pitson D, Stradling JR. Natural history of snoring and related behavior problems between the ages of 4 and 7 years. Arch Dis Child 1994.

Women in the third trimester of pregnancy commonly experience problem snoring.

Santiago JR, Nolledo MS, Kinzler W, Santiago TV Sleep and sleep disorders in pregnancy. Ann Intern Med 2001.

Snoring is Linked To:

° Hypertension/high blood pressure
° Strokes
° Cardiovascular disorders
° Diabetes
° Obesity
° Dementia  
° Depression

° Reflux/heartburn/GERD  
° Nocturia

° Insomnia
° Nocturnal asthma/COPD
° Impotence

Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Since OSA is a serious medical condition, it must be diagnosed by a physician. Diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study, called a Polysomnogram (PSG). Other factors of determining OSA are patient evaluation and history.

How do you know if you have OSA?

Take a simple test but be sure to visit your physician if you think you have a problem.

Treatment Options

Good sleep hygiene, weight loss, and exercise are some helpful OSA treatments a patient can practice on their own. However, medical and dental treatments include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Oral Appliance Therapy, and surgery.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is pressurized air generated from a bedside machine. The air is delivered through a tube, connected to a mask, covering the nose. The force of the pressurized air splints the airway open. The CPAP opens the airway like air into a balloon; when air is blown into the balloon, it opens and gets wider. This is exactly how CPAP clears the airway.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliances reposition the jaw and tongue to a more forward position during sleep. This helps keep the airway open controlling snoring and minimizing obstructive sleep apnea leading to less loss of sleep, more restful nights, less daytime fatigue and heart disease.

Oral appliances are worn in the mouth to treat snoring and OSA. These devices are similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a custom designed oral appliance that is worn during sleep. This appliance then attempts to maintain an opened, unobstructed airway in the throat. There are many different oral appliances available. Approximately 40 appliances have been approved through the FDA for treatment of snoring and/or Sleep Apnea. Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other means of treating OSA. These means include general health, weight management, surgery, or CPAP. Oral appliances work in several ways:

   • Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
   • Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
   • Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue

Dentists with training in Oral Appliance Therapy are familiar with the various designs of appliances. They can determine which one is best suited for your specific needs. The dentist will work with your physician as part of the medical team in your diagnosis, treatment, and on-going care. Determination of proper therapy can only be made by joint consultation of your dentist and physician. Initiation of oral appliance therapy can take from several weeks to several months to complete. Your dentist will continue to monitor your treatment and evaluate the response of your teeth and jaws.

aveoTSD®

The aveoTSD is a simple treatment for snoring. If you or someone you love suffers from snoring, the aveoTSD anti-snoring device will reenergize your life.

Traditional mandibular advancement devices indirectly move the tongue forward by moving the mandible. But the aveoTSD directly suctions onto the tongue, preventing it from falling back into the throat and increasing airway volume. Made of medical-grade silicone, the aveoTSD is the only anti-snoring device that is indicated for anyone — including those who wear full dentures!

Save yourself from another sleepless night by calling your dentist or medical physician about the aveoTSD anti-snoring device today.

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Surgical Procedures

In addition to Oral Appliance Therapy, dentists who are oral and maxillofacial surgeons may consider a variety of methods to evaluate, diagnose and treat upper airway obstruction. These dental specialists treat upper airway obstructive disorders by utilizing both minimally invasive procedures as well as more complex surgery, including jaw advancement. Additionally, an ENT specialist may evaluate you for other types of surgery, mainly the removal of the excess tissues in the throat. It may be necessary to remove tonsils and adenoids (especially in children), the uvula, or even parts of the soft palate and the throat.