Snoring & Apnea
Are you Concerned About Snoring?
Take these steps:
- Talk to your doctor – take our fact sheet
- Lifestyle improvement – weight loss, exercise, relaxation, diet and stress reduction can help improve sleep.
- Use the aveoTSD to stop snoring, open your airway during sleep and improve overall well being.
The Aveo Tongue Stabilizing Device stops or reduces snoring, reduces daytime sleepiness, alleviates nighttime reflux, and reduces the health effects of OSA.
Is Snoring Harmful?
New research suggests that heavy habitual snoring can cause hypertension and – as a result – increased blood pressure during sleep. Snoring is often associated with a medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
While snoring is seen mostly as an irritation, it is now seen as a symptom of more serious conditions – a health warning. Sleep disturbances caused by snoring can affect your health, intellectual and physical performance, and general well being.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a condition often not recognized or dealt with until health deteriorates and serious conditions appear. OSA occurs when the tongue is drawn against the airway with such force that the throat is closed and breathing stops.
This airway obstruction causes the heart rate to fall below normal with decreases in blood oxygen levels.
The obstruction will normally not clear until the brain oxygen levels fall low enough to prompt a release of adrenalin to prevent suffocation. Depending on severity, this can happen hundreds of times each sleep period, which is far from allowing the body to recover and rejuvenate during sleep.
The sleeper may be jarred into partial wakefulness and may experience an abnormally high heart rate due to the adrenalin release. A blood pressure surge also occurs. This impedes deep, restorative sleep and reduces blood oxygen levels.
OSA is now seen as a primary cause of fatigue, loss of concentration, car accidents, anxiety and aggression, along with other serious health issues.
OSA is being linked to an increased risk of:
- hypertension/increased blood pressure
- cardiovascular disorders
- memory problems
The most common symptoms are daytime tiredness (affecting both physical and intellectual performance) and falling asleep at inappropriate times (increasing the risk of vehicle and work related accidents).
Check with your doctor if you think you may have OSA.
Snoring and symptoms of OSA maybe alleviated by simple lifestyle changes such as:
- losing weight
- regular exercise
- 3 hours before sleep avoid alcohol, heavy meals and and sedative/relaxant medications
Medical Treatment of OSA includes:
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) – a machine which forces air to keep the airway open.
- Fitted oral dental devices attached to the teeth to hold the lower jaw forward
The aveoTSD is a clinical proven treatment for mild to moderate OSA.
Over 20% of the population, men, women and children have OSA, but over 90% have not been diagnosed.
CPAP – a machine that forces air through a mask while the patient sleeps. Cost – $1000+, with ongoing costs for masks and filters. High maintenance. However effective, CPAP has less than a 45% compliance rate – patients complain of CPAP being uncomfortable, hard to transport and needing power. Requires health professional intervention.
MAD – Mandibular Advancement Device, advances the jaw gradually, the base of the tongue forward to open the airway. Cost – $1600+. Requires follow-up. MADs are shown to work, but should be monitored by a health professional. MADs can cause pain and jaw problems, potentially affecting teeth movement, jaw alignment and TMJ.
Surgery – There are numerous surgical procedures to solve snoring and OSA. The Pillar Procedure sets 3 tension pillars into the soft palate, other procedures are designed to reduce obstruction of the airway by removing soft tissue (laser surgery). Cost – $1500 to even $10 000+. Invasive, painful, mixed success, and efficacy is inconclusive.
There is no single treatment or device that will solve snoring and OSA for every patient. The goal is efficacy – how effective the treatment is for the majority; and compliance – do patients use the treatment to gain full effect.
At a cost of $137(CAD), the aveoTSD is a simple and effective – the latest model has high patient compliance. It costs far less than all other common treatments; it has been clinically studied (FDA approved and Health Canada approved)