Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sawing Logs: Snoring May Signal Sleep Apnea

A news segment on Ozarks First reports on the benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).

video shows Sleep Apnea patient Lucille Willnett getting fitted for an oral appliance at her dentist’s office and explains why she decided to try OAT.

Willnett went for a
sleep test when her husband started sleeping in a separate room because of her loud snoring.

Snoring occurs at all ages and in both genders. According to the
American Academy of Sleep Medicine, an estimated 30 million, or 1 in 8 people snore.

Snoring can be harmless, but loud, frequent snoring can also be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

OSA occurs when a person’s airway collapses during sleep, causing a pause in airflow. Oxygen stops going to the brain, so the brain wakes the person up to breathe – often causing the person to make loud gasping or choking sounds.

Willnett’s sleep test showed that she did in fact have OSA.

If left untreated, OSA can increase a person’s risk for heart attack, stroke, driving accidents and other

Willnett’s physician had her try
CPAP, the standard treatment therapy. But Wilnett did not tolerate CPAP and often took her mask off during the night without realizing it.

Because she did not use her CPAP mask all night, Willnett’s OSA was not being effectively treated.

Instead, her dentist, Dr. Tyler Buzbee, fitted her with a device similar to a retainer or mouth guard.

Willnett’s oral appliance moved her lower jaw slightly forward, giving her a healthy level of airflow and a good night’s rest.

Do you or your bedpartner snore loudly at night?

Find-a-dentist who treats snoring and sleep apnea in your area!


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  2. Your imformation is really very helpful. Snoring, Sleep Apnea, or CPAP intolerance can ruin life.Treatment for Sleep Apnea can escape you from the worries and troubles that come from Sleep Apnea, Snoring, or being CPAP intolerant.



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