While many snoring treatments can be quite complex, thankfully, this isn’t the case with the AveoTSD. While it is a very simple process, the relief that many patients experience is life-changing.
The AveoTSD is made from a durable but soft medical silicone. It is designed from the ground up with your comfort in mind and works by utilizing gentle suctioning to brace your tongue forward and away from the back of your throat.
This allows you to make certain that your tongue remains in a forward position and does not cause an airway occlusion or blockage. By preventing an occlusion of your airway, snoring is eliminated or reduced.
Because the AveoTSD is not actually attached to your teeth, it normally does not require professional fitting. However, in order to get started with the AveoTSD, you will need to consult with your physician or dentist first so that you can get a prescription for the device. Also, when considering options for therapy to help relieve the symptoms associated with snoring, having follow-up care with your physician or dentist is normally your best option.
What is Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
At its’ simplest form, snoring is a result of vibrations caused by a constricted, narrowed, or occluded airway that occurs during sleep. Snoring occurs because when you breathe, air travels much faster through a narrowed airway than it does through an open airway.
When air is traveling faster and the soft tissues of your throat (tonsils, soft palate, uvula) are relaxed due to sleep, they begin to vibrate. This vibration is the sound that is commonly known as snoring.
When snoring is left untreated, all too often people begin to see symptoms from a disease process known as obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when you begin having what are known as apneic episodes (periods of time where you cease breathing due to an obstruction in your airway.)
Obstructive sleep apnea if left untreated can result in many different medical complications that can even include sudden death if combined with other life choices such as taking certain medications or consuming alcohol shortly before going to bed.
The events that occur during bouts of sleep apnea also place unnecessary stress on your heart and cardiovascular system resulting in hypertension (high blood pressure) and other complications over time. Obstructive sleep apnea truly is a ticking time bomb for your well being that can be diffused early on with proper therapy such as the AveoTSD.
For this reason, it is essential to consult with your physician or dentist if you discover that you are snoring regularly or more frequently than you have in the past.
What Causes The Constriction Of The Airway
There are actually many different things that can cause your airway to become constricted. Some of these include:
- Enlarged Tonsils or Adenoids – This typically happens due to multiple bouts of illnesses such as strep throat over your lifetime, but some people are born with enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
- A Long Soft Palate or Uvula – This is normally something that you are born with.
- Excessive Tissue – This typically occurs from being overweight or obese. Many people who snore struggle to lose weight however, because one of the keys to successful weight loss is a good night’s’ sleep which can’t occur if you are having short spurts of awakening due to gasping for air after a bout of snoring, or an apneic episode.
- Congestion and Inflammation From Allergies or Infections – While you can take steps to help relieve symptoms, unfortunately we all get sick from time to time.
- Cartilage Deformities In The Nose or Nasal Structure – While some people are born with this issue, normally this is caused by breaking your nose at some point in time during your life.
- The Tongue Falling Back To The Base of The Throat – This is a primary cause of airway obstruction as your tongue muscle relaxes during sleep and falls to the back of your throat resulting in a block of your airway.
By using the AveoTSD, you can brace your tongue forward and prevent it from sliding to the back your throat. This prevents your tongue from causing a blockage. This opens your airway and causes air to travel more slowly, reducing vibrations in your throat and helping you to stop snoring and reducing any apneic episodes you may have as a result of your tongue blocking off your airway.
Thankfully, the AveoTSD is much less invasive than many other treatment options available for snoring, and can help you to sleep much sounder at night.
As you can see in the MRI images above, the AveoTSD provides a very non-invasive simple solution to a very big problem. Also, it is compact enough that you can use it at home as well as while traveling.