Non Surgical Device for Snoring Treatment Option
Snoring can be an early manifestation of more serious sleep-disordered breathing, so it's not necessarily a harmless condition; Dr. Nat Marshall, from Sydney's Woolcock Institute of Medical Research said. "In adults habitual snoring is seen as being caused by anatomical problems in the airway or obesity. But in children it seems that snoring is much more closely related allergy and inflammation".
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome affects 2 percent of children in the United States. It occurs because of partial or complete obstruction of the airways during sleep due to anatomic and/or neuromotor factors. In children, the leading cause of sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and the first line of treatment is surgical removal. If untreated, sleep apnea may lead to serious problems in later life, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and increased mortality.
Snorer’s airflow can become disrupted at the back of the mouth and nose. The throat and tongue vibrate against parts of the roof of the mouth and produce the snoring sound. People with allergies (nasal), infections, tonsil and adenoid problems can have problems with snoring. Also people with structural irregularities in the nose and throat area can have problems. Obese women are much more likely to snore than women who are not obese.
Snoring and sleep apnea can dramatically affect the lives of both individuals and couples. A recent survey done by a specialist in sleep apnea and snoring shown that people who snore have less active sex lives than those who don’t. Moreover, not getting a good night's rest often means poor overall heath, lower productivity on the job and more danger on the roads, irritability, lack of focus, and decreased libido. Another study also shown that people who experience chronic headaches were more likely to be snorers, and that this nighttime nasal ruckus could be causing their own daytime head pain.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing pauses occur, often with snoring, frequently during sleep. It occurs in about 50% of the patients with heart failure, which are three to five folds greater than in the general middle-aged population (where it is thought to cause hypertension).
Men over the age of 40 are the most common sufferers of sleep apnea due to their heavier build and shorter necks; however, women, children and overweight people are not immune. Sleep apnea is a temporary inability to breathe during sleep, which can occur dozens; sometimes hundreds of times per night. Although someone may not be aware they have the condition, it can significantly disrupt their quality of sleep. According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep apnea is as common as adult diabetes and affects more than 12 million Americans.
A study by Australian researchers indicated that male gender and baseline body max index (BMI) were significant predictors of developing habitual snoring. Change in BMI over the follow-up period, development of asthma, and initiation of smoking were additional independent risk factors for the development of habitual snoring. Infants of parents who snore are three times as likely to snore themselves; found by the researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) plastic surgery are also not risk free. Study suggested that despite the current popularity of laser surgery for snoring, LAUP is a questionable alternative for snoring and its indiscriminate use should be approached with caution. Given the prevalence of snoring, the magnitude of the problem becomes apparent.
More than 300 snoring treatment devices have been developed to prevent snoring. For non-surgical snoring treatment options drug therapies, devices, appliances, lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, sleeping positions should be considered. Some more examples include 'throat lubricants', molded pillows, accu-pressure rings and herbal sprays.
Klearway® snoring prevention device:
They claim that it does not interfere with breathing through the mouth. Even in cases of congested nasal passages, the device prevents snoring and allows uninhibited oral breathing. Small movements of the jaw are possible while wearing a Klearway® device. but its outweigh benefit is still questionable. Have no broad spectrum research work for this device.
The “Sandler” Pillow & the Snoring Stopper Jaw Support:
Since sleeping on the side generally closes the mouth, this can prevent some kinds of mild snoring from occurring (the vibration is still there, but the snoring does not escape the mouth). .
The Snoring Stopper Jaw Supporter is a comfortable device to wear. It allows you to speak normally as there is no oral or nasal device. It is worn under the chin with supporting arms over the head during sleep. But actual benefits of those are still questionable.
The Pro-form ASD is custom-fitted by your dentist. From impressions of your mouth, the dental professional makes casts of the upper and lower jaws. Then a unique thermo laminate is vacuum-formed onto the upper cast. Next a repositioning ramp is added that gently positions the lower jaw forward. This opens the lower jaw and moves it forward, thus increasing the opening at the back of the throat for more airway passage space. An increased opening allows more oxygen into the lungs, which lessens the vibrating tissue at the back of the throat. But is it also not well established effective method.
The Snore Ball & Sleep Position Monitor:
Snore balls are devices that the snorer puts on their back while sleeping (i.e. putting it in a pouch on the back of their pajamas). When these people move to sleep on their back – and thus generally open their mouths while the sleep and emit loud snoring – the snore ball gives them a wake up call of discomfort.
Sleep position monitor is electronic devices aren’t quite as painful as sleep balls can be, but they endeavor to achieve the same goal. A beeping noise begins to emit whenever a snorer shifts to where they are sleeping on their back (and hence the mouth typically opens and more/louder snoring occurs).
Those are also not suitable for all. Moreover actually it doesn’t help snoring anymore not treatment procedure.
This vevice work on the premise that to prevent a snorer from sleeping on their back is going to stop them snoring. 21st Century adaptations of this idea are ‘snoring-activated vibrating wristbands' that are activated by the noise of snoring, and deliver a shock or vibration to the wearer. These assume a snorer can be 'trained' not to snore, or forced to roll over in their sleep. Snoring is not something which can be controlled or stopped by the sufferer. However suffice to say that if people could stop themselves snoring, they would. Still not recognized by the official health experts.
Nasal strips & nasal dilator:
Nasal strips are another non surgical option. When used over the top of the nose they can help to widen airways and reduce obstructions which can result in snoring. Another option is the nasal dilator which inserts into your nose and also helps to keep nasal passages open.
CPAP, BiPAP AutoPAP:
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure), AutoPAP (Auto Positive Airway Pressure) devices work by almost same mechanism. It is a device that controls apnea and snoring in most patients and is the most common treatment prescribed for sleep apnea. CPAP is an air compressor that blows air through a corrugated tube which is attached to a mask placed over your nose. The mask is held in place by elastic straps around the back of your head. The air blows up your nose and down your throat and prevents the throat from closing up. Positive airway pressure devices must be worn all night and every night in order to control the sleep disorder. The main advantage of a positive airway pressure device is the high success rate in the sleep laboratory and minimal risk associated with use. However, CPAP may be difficult to use and is not always tolerated.
Palatal implant system designed to achieve palatal stiffening without tissue damage and volume reduction. This system reduces snoring through placement of permanent implants, which cause fibrosis and submucosal scarring in a single procedure. These implants offered a new philosophy of stiffening the palate to reduce snoring. Unlike UPPP, LAUP, RF, CAPSO and injection snoreplasty where scarring takes place after tissue resection or ablation, this procedure causes virtually no tissue damage and the implants serve as a template for fibrous ingrowths. Effectiveness of this device studied by Noway researchers and presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting.
The breathing masks, which deliver a gentle, steady flow of air called positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, significantly improved breathing and oxygen levels when worn regularly, researchers report in the March issue of Pediatrics. Parents also reported that their children had improved daytime alertness at school.
Splint mouthpiece/ Breathing masks:
Most recently a plastic "dental splint" mouthpiece may help keep some people from snoring through the night, Scottish researchers report. The device might help many troubled chronic snorers avoid a cumbersome nighttime breathing mask or surgery, the team added.
"The take-home message is that we don't have to operate on all snorers," said study lead author Stuart M. Robertson, a surgical trainee at Cross house Hospital, Kilmarnock, Scotland. "We try first a [mouthpiece], and if that doesn't work, we try the breathing mask, and if that doesn't work, we offer them surgery," he said.
In the new study, conducted over two years, 20 patients were split into two groups. One group underwent three months of treatment with a mouthpiece and then three months using a special breathing mask; the other group did the opposite. The study findings were scheduled to be released at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, in Washington, D.C.
The mouthpiece, known as a splint, is similar to a mouth guard worn by a boxer, Robertson said. But it protects both the upper and lower teeth and "moves your jaw forward, it allows you to breath more easily at night and reduce your snoring," he explained.
The mouthpieces cost about $400 and have to be replaced about once every two years, he said. They can cause discomfort and move the teeth around; Robertson recommends that patients regularly see a dentist.
The breathing mask, which costs $400 to $600, is hooked to a machine and sends air through a nasal mask into the throat where it forces the airway to stay open. "The masks do work very well, but they're so uncomfortable that I don't think a lot of patients can wear them, and they don't get the benefit of them," Robertson said.
Eight of the patients preferred the mouthpiece, and five chose the breathing mask. Seven didn't like either treatment. As compared to Scotland, "a lot of Americans are keener on the surgery, but they, too, are realizing that they can treat a lot of snorers with a splint or a breathing mask."
Dr. Ronald D. Chervin, a physician who treats sleep disorders at the University of Michigan, cautioned that mouthpieces aren't typically as effective as the breathing masks. "It would be encouraging if they did even as well" as breathing masks," he said.
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