WHAT IS SNORING?

SNORING CAN BE DEFINED AS AN INSPIRATORY NOISE PRODUCED BY THE PASSAGE OF AIR,IN A NARROW AREA OF THE UPPER AIRWAY THAT MAKES THE SOFT PALATE VIBRATE WITH THE SURROUNDING SOFT TISSUES.

THE IRRITATING SOUND COMES FROM THE THROAT AND NOT FROM THE NOSE.


The prevalence of snoring , in the general population is 25% for men and 14% for women. Upon reaching adulthood this figure increases dramatically, especially during the fourth decade,where it increases proportionally with age. So we can say that the prevalence of snoring in the age range of 40 to 65 years is 60% in the males and 40% in the females. IT MEANS THAT ALMOST HALF THE ADULT POPULATION SNORES OR HAS SNORED SOMETIMES IN THEIR LIVES.

When snoring is accompanied by a clinical picture of breathing pauses and day time sleepiness, the condition is diagnosed as sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome. This is characterized by episodes of obstruction of the upper airway during sleep resulting in reduction (hypopnea) or complete cessation of air flow ( apnea) leading to death.

Snoring disturbs the sleep of others in the room, sometimes it is so loud that the neighbours are also disturbed by loud snoring.

Snoring is common to both males and females after the age of 40 or even earlier.

Snoring is a major symptom in OSA – OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA. However, OSA is best diagnosed by the appropriate specialist.



CAUSES OF SNORING


The most common cause of snoring is the constriction of the air way by the weakening of the neck muscles and the tongue falling backwards, thus shortening the opening for the air to reach the lungs.

The passage of air through the reduced air opening causes the tissue to vibrate and produce the sound typical of snoring. The patient has to make an effort to inhale through the reduced air opening.

This leads to a reduction in the volume of air reaching the lung. The reduced air supply also means reduced oxygen to the body. Deprived of oxygen the body shows signs of fatigue and tiredness.
 

SNORING RELATED TO OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA CAN CAUSE THE FOLLOWING

 
  • HYPERTENSION- HIGH BP
  • CORONORY HEART DISEASE
  • CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE
  • DIABETES
  • ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
  • RENAL DISEASE
  • OBESITY
  • DISTURBED SLEEP LEADING TO LACK OF CONCENTRATION
  • DRYNESS OF MOUTH
 

TREATMENTS AVAILABLE FOR SNORING

CPCA continuous positive airway pressure. Uses a machine to force air into the body through a mask fitted on the mouth and nose. This is very uncomfortable. Patient cannot change the sleeping position and has to sleep on the back throughout the night. It diminishes the quality of life. The machines are very expensive and out of reach of most people. The machines are difficult to transport and need a power supply to run.





CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE

SURGERY Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Surgery in the roof of the mouth. A cumber some procedure with all the added risks of surgery. Check out with an ENT specialist.

ORAL APPLIANCES have proved to be the most effective way of treating snoring and OSA ( Obstructive sleep apnea). These are mandibular(lower jaw ) advancing devices that help increase the air way space thus helping the intake of air during breathing. The success of these appliances is based on the fact that advancement of the mandible ( lower jaw ) has a very positive impact in increasing the upper respiratory tract and in the recovery of it”s function.

HOW CURE SNORE ORAL APPLIANCE WORKS

CURE SNORE PROVIDES MRD (Mandibular Repositioning Device)

Without MRD

While sleeping the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses, partially blocking the passageway. Air passing through the restricted airway causes vibrations (Snoring.)

With MRD

Supporting the lower jaw during sleep time keeps the airway open and unrestricted, eliminating vibrations - no snoring!

CURE SNORE OFFERS CUSTOM MADE ORAL APPLIANCES FOR TREATMENT OF SNORINGS

ORAL APPLIANCES ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE OPTION FOR THE TREATMENT OF SNORING DISORDERS.

Oral appliances for the treatment of snoring are custom made by a very experienced clinician. The appliances are made from TRANSPARENT IMPORTED THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL which is moulded and calibrated to individual needs of the patient. The appliance help reposition the mandible (lower jaw )to relieve the airway space, thus allowing more air to reach the lungs through the throat. The repositioning of the mandible (lower jaw ) is done gradually and may require more than one appliance over a period of time. The appliances are very comfortable to wear and maintain. Mandibular (lower jaw) repositioning has been proved to be the most effective method to treat snoring internationally. THEY ARE EASILY FITTED IN THE MOUTH BEFORE SLEEP AND REMOVED BY THE PATIENT AFTER SLEEP WITHOUT HELP.

 

ADVANTAGES OF ORAL APPLIANCES

    1. 1. Effective in enlarging the air way space.
    1. 2. Reasonable cost.
    1. 3. Custom made for the perfect fit in the mouth
    1. 4. Ultralight in weight.
    1. 5. Allows the individual to sleep in any position
    1. 6. Easy to clean and maintain
    1. 7. Easy to carry anywhere. Fits in the pocket.
    1. 8. Do not generate additional noises
    1. 9. Do not need a power supply
    1. 10. Do not require help for wearing and removing



READ MORE RELATED INFORMATION ON

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obstructive-sleep-apnea/basics/definition/con-20027941
 

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF ORAL APPLIANCES

In the short term ,side effects of intraoral appliances use can include excessive salivation and sensitivity of the teeth and the jaws. These are the most common complaints in oral appliance users. These are temporary in nature and usually disappear over time. In the longer term changes to the occlusion ( the closure of the teeth ) are more common. A 1 mm change in dental occlusion occurs in about 30% of the patients over 5 years., but these changes are not serious.

 

MEET THE SPECIALIST AT CURE SNORE


The designing and delivery of Oral appliances is supervised by DR JAYANTH DEHADRAI an ORTHODONTIST with 40 years of rich clinical experience.

He qualified for his BDS in 1972 and his MDS in Orthodontics in 1974 from the King Georges” Medical College, Dental College & Hospital , Lucknow.

He has served as Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the Suman Deep Vidyapith run Dental College in Vaghodiya in Vadodara and as Professor of Orthodontics at the College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre at Manipur, Ahmedabad. Presently he is Director and Chief Faculty at the Indian Institute of Orthodontics, Ahmedabad.

Dr. Jayanth is in Private Practice in Ahmedabad since 1975. He can be reached at jpdehadrai@gmail.com

He is a perfectionist and that shows in the custom made appliances that he prescribes and delivers for the treatment of snoring.
 

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