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Posted: March 17, 2010
87 Million Americans snore, so you are not alone, however, you could be in danger. 40 million Americans are chronic sufferers of sleep disorders, but only 10% have been treated or diagnosed. Snoring occurs when the airway or passage through which you breathe becomes partially blocked. This happens when your tongue falls back as you drift off into a deeper sleep. In many cases, snoring is minor and your body continues to get adequate amounts of oxygen, causing little or no harm, although your bed partner may disagree. Snoring can also be a red flag for an early sign of “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” (OSA). The average life expectancy of a person undiagnosed with OSA is 55 years. Most all sleep apnea sufferers snore in between bouts of apnea or oxygen interruption. Some of the common side effects of OSA include
*heart attacks or irregular heartbeats
*high blood pressure
*poor job performance
WHAT IS ONE TO DO?
After an initial consultation and evaluating your symptoms we would refer you to a sleep center for a sleep study. If you are a candidate, we would then fabricate a custom intraoral sleep appliance. This appliance consists of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin-coupling component, allowing you to open and close your mouth. Compared to the CPAP machine, the intraoral sleep appliance travels well, is free from attachments, makes no noise, does not require electricity, does not limit sleep positions and does not require any cumbersome headgear. Most medical insurance companies will cover a portion of the appliance if so we will be more than happy to provide you with the necessary paperwork needed for you to file. Call us to schedule a consultation to be on your way to a good night’s sleep!
For more information please visit: http://www.somnomed.com/