Snoring is a common problem the world over, with about 4 in 10 men and 3 in 10 women being affected. The word ‘snoring’ generally elicits a comical response although the reality is that prolonged, untreated snoring can lead to numerous serious health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, hypertension, depression, fatigue, impaired brain function and major liver damage.
Being overweight is a major cause of snoring
It goes without saying that the long-term health impacts of snoring are far from funny and impossible to ignore. Thankfully, as medicine has advanced, oral appliance therapy has been properly recognised.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are common in the population and these disorders continuously increase because of the ongoing obesity epidemic in many countries. Today, there are 25 million snorers in the UK -40% of the population, and over 2.5 million people are believed to have undiagnosed OSA – 5% of the total population
Symptoms include daytime sleepiness, poor sleep quality, headache, insomnia and restless legs. In the longer term, a more severe sleep apnoea is associated with serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, traffic accidents and early death.
This week Dentists and Sleep Specialists from around all over the world gathered in Seattle for the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). The main objective of the AADSM is to further advance oral appliance therapy (OAT) as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea and the event featured several professional development opportunities to help dentists stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in dental sleep medicine.
“With the growing volume of research supporting the benefits of oral appliance therapy, dental sleep medicine is gaining prominence in the medical community,” says Kathleen Bennett, the AADSM President.
“The AADSM Annual Meeting serves to increase the understanding of oral appliance therapy as an effective alternative for sleep apnoea patients who don’t adhere to CPAP—the traditionally prescribed treatment.”
The meeting is an opportunity for all concerned from across the globe to share new research on dental sleep medicine.
This year’s highlighted research abstracts included details of the major impact made by Custom-made Mouthpieces on lowering blood pressure in OSA sufferers who struggle with CPAP. It was clearly shown that OAT clearly helps to reduce high blood pressure in those patients with Hypertension. Custom-made oral appliances significantly lowered both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure of these patients, and even went as far as normalising blood pressure in 59% of patients, which is an important step in improving other areas of personal health.
Medically approved oral appliances such as the SleepPro Custom, which have been developed by Dentists and are NHS Approved, are available online, and have proved in controlled tests to be the most effective in cases of mild to moderate OSA and snoring. This mouthpiece has proved itself at the same time to not only be the most cost-efficient, but also to contribute massively to the recovery of personal health, and in doing so, save lives. It is also now available in an anti-microbial version called Custom AM that gives full germ protection orally.
If you snore more than once a week for a prolonged period of time, you are considered to have a long-term snoring problem that needs addressing immediately. Left untreated it may result in critical health problems. If you pause, or gasp for breath when sleeping, it may be even worse than you think and could be sleep apnoea.
So, if this sounds like you or someone close to you then take some action – and don’t delay – DO IT NOW
It’s easy to obtain a customised appliance or alternatively get in touch with a medical professional to see how this problem can be solved