Romancing The Snorer… A medical Perspective
By Vladimir Pastouk, DMD
Snoring is a disruptive and intimidating annoyance as well as a sleep disorder. Snoring is directly linked to sleep apnea, a sleep disorder requiring specialized training in treatment delivery Sleep apnea affects 37 million Americans; over 90% go undiagnosed! A heavy snorer’s sound can exceed 38 decibels, equal to 50% of a lawnmower’s noise! Some snorers emit grunts and whistles that are loud enough to harm the inner ear.
• UNDERSTANDING THE CAUSE
Snoring is a common sleep disorder affecting about 40% of male adults. Snoring happens during sleep when there is airflow obstruction in the area where the tongue and upper throat meets the soft palate and the uvula. The turbulent airflow causes the soft palate to vibrate when inhaling, producing the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring are deformities of the nose and the nasal septum, throat tissue, and poor muscle tone. Structural defects of the oral and respiratory passages and deviated septum can also obstruct airflow and make breathing difficult. Even aging related conditions such as flabbiness of lips, sagging facial muscles, and loss of muscle tone in the snore chamber can cause snoring. Struggling for breath during snoring and sleep apnea can damage both the heart and the lungs. Gasping for air can also disrupt the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. People with obstructive sleep apnea are Far more likely to die suddenly in their sleep from heart-related problems than the rest of the population according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. [Study: Sudden Cardiac Death Linked to Sleep Apnea @ 1996-2010 MediResource Inc., Chealth.canoe.ca]
• UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS
Broken up breaths and loud snores are clear signs of sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea are conditions that occur when the airway is blocked during sleep, causing breathing to completely stop for 10 seconds or more; this condition has devastating health consequences such as congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and impotence. A patient’s health will suffer if they give up on devices that are not practical to use.
• UNDERSTANDING THE TREATMENT
Dental & Cosmetic Solutions is aware of these health concerns and has researched sleep apnea and its related treatments. As a result, we are excited to offer a non-invasive, medically proven therapy for this condition. While we cannot promise fireworks, we can guarantee our treatment therapy to be easier to use, help increase oxygen flow, and aid in the restoration of a good night’s rest for both you and your partner. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your personal concerns and treatment!
Dr. Pastouk was awarded a silver medal at the 2009 European Congress for cosmetic restoration of dental implants. Dr. Pastouk is an international speaker on dental and cosmetic dentistry. He is a Fellow of The Misch International Implants Institute and a Sustained member of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and is distinguished as an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
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Sleep Apnea Treatment 101…Simple and Effective
By Vladimir Pastouk, DMD
Do you wake unrested? Do you experience lack of energy, sleepiness during the day, or high blood sugar? Have you, or someone you know, actually been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea? Do you currently have a CPAP? We have the answer!
In our previous article, we discussed the causes and effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea from a medical perspective. We received requests for innovative and effective treatment options and decided to answer some of the questions most commonly asked.
In response to the many requests from our community, we have taken the necessary steps to advance further on Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its various treatments. In our office, you will find a dedicated and caring staff, ready to answer your concerns and schedule a private and informative consultation with me. During the consultation, an Airway Evaluation will be performed as well as a Comprehensive Health Questionnaire.
The next step is to schedule a Home Sleep Test. These tests are often performed in a Sleep Clinic; however, we have found the most accurate results are obtained in the comfort of your own home, where you are most likely to experience your usual sleep pattern. The test kit is shipped directly to your home. The test involves wearing a simple device for two consecutive nights; the device will measure several important indicators in the diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea such as snoring frequency and volume, oxygen saturation, and sleeping position.
After returning the device in the prepaid return package, the sleep study is analyzed by a board certified doctor, sleep specialist. The results are then sent to our office. We will work in conjunction with your primary care provider to review the results and assure successful treatment. You will be contacted by our office to discuss the test results and begin your treatment. Impressions will be taken for your custom fitted Mandibular Repositioning Device, the alternative therapy to a CPAP, as indicated by your test results. This is a removable dental appliance, which is a scientifically proven effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In two to three weeks, your Mandibular Repositioning Device will be ready and custom fitted for you.
Follow up appointments will be scheduled to adjust the device as necessary and a follow up Efficacy Study will be performed to ensure the device is successful in treatment delivery. Simple and Effective!
If you snore and have symptoms of Sleep Apnea or you have already been diagnosed with OSA and are searching for an alternative therapy to the CPAP, call our office for a consultation. We will discuss the Home Sleep Test, review results, and recommend options for your treatment.
This has been a great source of excitement for patients currently using the CPAP and we are very pleased to continue to offer this service to our community! We look forward to meeting you and thank you for your trust in us.