Snoring Devices

Snoring Devices

A snoring device can help stop snoring

Snoring Devices

A snoring device can help stop snoring

Dr. Benjamin Polan uses snoring devices to solve snoring in Beverly, MA

A snoring device can help stop snoring

Millions of people suffer nightly from sleep apnea with symptoms ranging from snoring to the inability to breathe. The symptoms can be mild to severe and can lead to sleepless nights and in extreme cases even death. Modern science has developed several methods designed to correct sleep disorders. The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open.

CPAP is typically used by people who have breathing problems, but it may be also used to treat preterm infants whose lungs have not fully developed. It involves a small bedside device and a mask worn while sleeping to help stop snoring.

Patients who do not respond to CPAP generally benefit from other oral appliances such as mouthguards. These small gadgets are similar to the mouthpieces worn by athletes and provide the wearer some much-needed relief from their breathing issues. However, their effectiveness has not been scientifically proven, nor is it covered by medical insurance.

Oral appliance therapy involves custom fabricating an FDA approved oral device fitted specifically for the patient. It maintains an unobstructed airway in the throat when worn during sleep. Custom-made oral appliances, fashioned by a sleep dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA are proven to be much more effective than over-the-counter devices which are not recommended as a long-term therapy.

In the United States, oral devices to treat obstructive sleep apnea cannot be sold over the counter. A board certified sleep medicine physician must first provide a diagnosis and recommend the most effective treatment approach. A dental sleep medicine specialist may then provide treatment and follow-up.

The benefits of oral appliances over CPAP

There are many benefits to using an oral appliance over a bulky CPAP machine. Oral appliances are much more comfortable and easier to wear. Since the appliances are custom fit specifically for each patient, most people find that it only takes a couple of weeks to become used to wearing them. Oral appliances are small and convenient making them easy to carry when traveling. In addition, the treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive and alleviates the need for painful surgeries or excessive doctor’s visits.

The main purpose of the oral snoring device is to reposition and stabilize the lower jaw and tongue, opening the throat and clearing the airway. This method of dental therapy improves the muscle tone of the tongue and literally teaches the patient how to breathe properly.

The physiology and structure of the wearer’s mouth and jaw is in most cases the root of many sleep disorders. An overbite or a protruding chin can put the soft palate at the back of the throat in an improper position. Combined with the tongue retracting to the back of the mouth, the airflow is impeded and can cause loud snoring sounds along with pauses in breathing.

Oral appliances are designed to place the patient’s tongue forward in the mouth and involuntarily put the lower jaw back into alignment. The result is unobstructed breathing and a restful sleep. The use of an oral appliance in addition to lifestyle changes such as good sleep hygiene, exercise and weight loss can make major changes in a person’s sleep habits.

By treating sleep apnea, patients can reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and improve daytime alertness, concentration and emotional stability. If you’re experiencing any snoring or symptoms of sleep apnea, feel free to contact sleep dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan to get back your deep, restful nights.

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Relationship Problems

Relationship Problems

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Relationship Problems

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Dr. Benjamin Polan cures relationship problems due to sleep disorders in Beverly, MA

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship. Sleep deprivation often leads to relationship problems as there’s no fun in being with someone with low energy and high irritability. If the grouchy couch potato snores a lot as well, obstructive sleep apnea may be the problem.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts breathing repeatedly during sleep. Sleep apnea produces impulses from the brain to awaken the sleeper just enough to restart respiration. The sleep disorder apnea is not rare as one in five adults has a mild to moderate case. Incessant snoring strongly indicates sleep apnea and should be examined by a physician.

Sleep apnea is a key factor in depression, irritability, sexual impotence, memory problems, and drowsiness. Ultimately, the patient is at their worst during the daytime making them unfit for the balance required in an intimate relationship.

The problem is not beyond repair

For mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is recommended by the American Sleep Apnea association as a first line treatment. An experienced sleep dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA takes impressions of the teeth to custom fit an oral appliance to the patient’s exact bite. The oral appliance is then made to these specifications at an FDA approved lab before being sent back to the dentist. The appliance ensures that placement in the mouth holds the lower jaw in place and moves the tongue forward by elevating the soft palate and keeping the tongue from falling back into the airway. Oral appliances are excellent for patients who fail other treatment attempts, though they should have regular office visits with their pulmonologists or sleep physicians to monitor treatment maintenance and symptoms.

Lifestyle changes can mitigate sleep apnea symptoms

Many overweight patients have managed to cure sleep apnea by losing excess weight. The CPAP air-pressure mask only treats the symptom; weight loss can potentially fully cure it. Alcohol should be avoided because it causes frequent nocturnal arousals and relaxes upper throat muscles, and B narrows the airway and aggravates apnea and snoring. Ironically, sedatives prescribed for insomnia can relax throat muscles and worsen airway obstruction. Sleeping on the side rather than the back helps some patients with mild sleep apnea.

Regular, restful sleep that recharges and reinvigorates the body and mind for the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of life is an absolute necessity for good health, which in turn is necessary for the life of good, healthy relationships. Relationships are living things that thrive in happy times and wither from abuse and neglect.

Anyone aware of frequent snoring, especially if made aware by partner’s complaints, may suffer from symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and should consult a dental sleep doctor like Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA without delay to discuss treatment.

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Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can cause havoc

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can cause havoc

Dr. Benjamin Polan helps eliminate sleep deprivation in Beverly, MA

Sleep deprivation can cause havoc

Sleep apnea is a condition in which the soft tissues of the mouth and throat collapse during sleep, obstructing the airways that bring oxygen to the lungs and throughout the body. Sleep apnea can cause snoring and a number of medical problems and should be treated immediately to prevent complications. Dr. Benjamin Polan, a dentist in Beverly, MA is experienced in sleep dentistry, a field that specializes in treating this condition.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Physicians determine that sleep apnea is occurring through a number of common symptoms. Excessive daytime sleepiness not linked to any physical condition may be a sign of sleep apnea. It can also cause morning headaches, foggy mental functioning and emotional problems like anxiety and depression.

Severe snoring is often a symptom of, and a problem for, those who have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can also affect relationships, making you feel too tired to enjoy social events. The complaints of sleep partners are often the trigger that makes these people seek treatment. Symptoms of sleep disorders like apnea can be treated by a number of simple methods. Your dentist in Beverly can advise you on custom made, FDA approved oral appliances that can help to open airways to allow better sleep.

Medical Complications of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can cause constant poor sleep quality, which is associated with the development of a number of diseases.
People with sleep apnea often develop Type-2 diabetes. Obesity is linked to sleep apnea, and it is unclear whether the obesity causes the apnea or whether the poor sleep causes overeating and resulting obesity. High blood pressure is also linked to sleep apnea. The reduced intake of oxygen during the sleeping hours causes additional pulmonary pressure. Sleep apnea can increase the incidence of asthma attacks and headaches. Seizures and other nerve disorders can also occur.

Other Consequences of Sleep Problems

When you sleep poorly, you are more likely to perform below optimum levels at work.This can affect your ability to move ahead in your career. Poor sleep quality can also cause an increased risk of auto accidents and work injuries. Awareness and reaction time can be affected. People may even fall into micro-sleep periods during the day, increasing the risk for injury. Sleep dentistry can help improve sleep quality, which will you to function well throughout the day. Driving while drowsy is an unfortunate and dangerous complication for those with untreated Sleep Apnea.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Oral appliances can help to position the tongue and mouth tissues to allow better airflow. Dr. Ben Polan has extensive experience in treating these conditions and can help to find the right appliance for your needs. Sleep dentistry can help you to sleep better, boost your immune system and improve your quality of life.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.becpapfree.com and click on sleep apnea. The
National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute has a great article named ‘What is Sleep Apnea’ which you can
read here.

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