Snoring can leave you alone and ill, so a good night’s sleep is priceless. For many, snoring is the expression of a deep sleep. But for others, it is a threatening disorder between couples or even a general health hazard. Snorers often feel alone and misunderstood by family and friends. About 60% of men and 40% of women over 60 snore. In the same way, 10% of men and 5% of women by the age of 30 snore, many, without knowing it.
During sleep, the airways narrow due to the relaxation of the muscles of the tongue and pharynx. When we breathe, membrane vibrations that cause the typical sound, are produced.
Nowadays, thanks to the easiness of diagnosis, snoring can be treated since its inception in mild and moderate cases with intraoral devices that we make in our schools. These devices are harmless plastic splints only used during sleep that simply hold the jaw forward, releasing the airway. No operations or lengthy therapies are required. It spares patients with disorders of mild to moderate obstructive sleep from uncomfortable and noisy devices, which produce dry mouth and face, conjunctivitis, upset the couple and so on.
In severe cases, snoring can destroy a relationship, threaten your health, and even jeopardize your life. The airways become completely blocked and for some time, brain and lungs run out of oxygen because the air does not pass. It lasts until the brain realizes the situation, reacts, and sometimes wakes the person up automatically and suddenly. Without the person even being aware of this, closes the jaw, the tongue moves forward and the pharynx is filled. The cycle can be repeated up to 50 times per hour during the night leading to serious problems:
- Daytime fatigue
- Heart problems, strokes
- Headaches upon awakening
- Deficit and concentration problems
- Heart palpitations
- Cerebrovascular accidents
Statistics show that patients with obstructive sleep apnea have a shorter life expectancy. These cases of severe obstructive sleep apnea are treated with devices that help us breathe by positive pressure or complicated surgical treatments.