Snoring and Sleep
What is Sleep Disorders
Do you snore?
Do you wake up tired in the morning?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Sleep Quiz to find out
how healthy your sleep is.
If you answered yes to any of the above
questions you could suffer from Sleep Disorder Breathing.
Sleep Disorderd Breathing (SDB)
refers to a wide spectrum of sleep-related breathing abnormalities
related to increased upper airway resistance. They include snoring,
upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and obstructive sleep
Sleep disorder breathing affects one-third of
the US population. It manifests itself in a myriad of ways- ranging
in severity from snoring to a potentially fatal disorder called
obstructive sleep apnea and encompasses everything in between.
Snoring and sleep apnea have been associated
with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression,
family discord, sexual dysfunction, obesity and even death.
Why Do We Snore?
What Are My Treatment
In order to determine the severity of your problem, your dentist
will "map" your nasal passages and your airway with a suite of
diagnostic equipment called the Eccovision, a self-contained
processor emitting sound waves through two tools - the rhinometer
and the pharyngometer. It's like drawing a picture with sound.
It's quick and completely painless. The rhinometer uses acoustic
reflection to map the nasal passages, searching out any obstruction
As for the airway itself, the pharyngometer is used. This tool
sends sound waves down the throat, noting its diameter,
collapsibility, and problem spots.
Then, if a problem is discovered, your dentist can fit you with
the oral appliance, fitting it effectively with the Eccovision to
position the airway correctly, allowing for maximum patency (airway
muscle strength and openness).
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