Snoring can be a big problem when he/she happens to sleep with other people. And moreover, it's his/her partner who gets the most damages.
Snoring not only harms others by noise but also harms his or her body. Person from the U.S worried so much of dying of choking while snoring that he had oxygen compressor next to his bed. This condition, a serious one, is called the respiratory distress syndrome during sleep.
A person with this syndrome stops breathing for about 40 seconds before exhalation. If you snore with this syndrome, you will have low oxygen concentration in the bloodstream. Hypoxia causes large contraction of a heart that a person snoring has the high possibility of having heart diseases, congestion, and stroke.
When you look at the statistics, about 20% of the population in the world snores everyday and it happens to be more common in men than in women and in elderly than in young. 20% of the ages between 30~35 snore every day but it is a minor. As you get over the age of 60, the percentage jumps to 60% and it gets worse.
Then why do we snore and get respiratory distress syndrome during sleep?
The main reason is the narrowed esophagus due to the over relaxed tongue during sleep. Minor reasons are small nostrils or nostrils with hyperemia, big tonsils or adenoid, sagging uvula, small chin or chin tucked back, and fattened throat. And it also happens when muscles around larynx area sag down with aging blocking bronchus. If the muscles of bronchus weakens, these sagged muscles go back and blocks air duct and cause snoring.
When look at this in dental point of view, person with buckteeth, inturned teeth, and maxilla covering mandible often has mandible pushed backward causing tongue pulled backward to make snoring worse. If one sleeps with these cases, the relaxed tongue would narrow air ducts and air moves fast through narrow tunnel and shakes soft bodies in nose and upper air ducts making sounds. It is the same mechanics as learning to blow a leaf to make a sound.
The sound from snoring also affects hearing. According to the research group of Oklahoman University, a person can make noise from snoring up to 85dB. (A rear case)
This is the same noise you can hear a diesel train pass by in a close distance. The noise is big a problem since the origins of the noise is very close to the ear. So when considering the distance between the ear and the nose of a human, the damage is enormous. Also, this noise can cause similar damage to the hearings of other people sleeping with the person. Many people make snoring sound up to 70dB. This is the same noise of a drill for construction. The normal conversation of two people sitting next to each other is 45dB so 70dB is way louder than just talking. Then let's look at the treatment.
The treatment goes into two categories: one in dental, another in otolaryngology. In otolaryngology, they perform a surgery. Recent years, more treatments were done with razors.
In 1997, September, There was a FDI conference in Korea. There was a seminar about 'scoring and sleep apneas' and it was presented by Prof. Yang gi Min, the chief of otolaryngology in Seoul national medical school, Prof. Do woon Chung, a professor of Neuropsychiatry in Seoul National Medical School and also the chief of Sleep Research Laboratory, and one dentist.
From this seminar, Prof. Min states that 80~85% of the patients who had craniopharyngeal plastic surgery got better after a year. But the case gets worse by the time and 5 years later the success dropped to 50%. Prof. Chung said, 'In America, some doctors perform a surgery to expand a mandible to cure snoring and sleep apneas, and I think it would be better if dentists would make a device to expand mandible gradually for a long time to prevent snoring and sleep apneas'. It meant a lot for a neuropsychiatrist to say this statement instead of a dentist. According to Prof. Chung, if a person receives a calibration from childhood to expand mandible, then one would be able to prevent snoring and sleep apneas. The next example is about the patient who's in the same case as Prof. Chung talked about.
The method from dentistry was to put a device on when go to bed. This device doesn't need to be equipped after the treatment. But a person with severe snoring might have to equip it all the time. It might be a little uncomfortable but this method is the most effective prevention and also a treatment without having a surgery.
There are few things that a person with severe snoring should be aware of.
Quit smoking! A cigarette smoke stimulates upper respiratory tract and get it swell. When quit smoking, the swollen tract would come down to normal and one would snore less. A fat person snores 3~4 times worse that a normal person that if one loses weight, than he/she would snore less. Avoid eating 3, 4 hours before going to bed because digestion relaxes upper respiratory tract. It is good to reduce drinking. Drinking relaxes all muscles of the body and expands peripheral vessel and swells a tissue on the upper respiratory tract then restraints the breathing controls of the central nervous system. In this case the muscle which opens the airway gets weak and makes a person snore even more. A person who snores should sleep on a sideway; if one lay straight then the tongue would fall back to cause more snoring. Keep track on the following and it would help you.
He has a narrow maxillary bone and protruded front teeth. He was appeared to snore from a survey. His mother and sister said that his snoring is so loud that it sounds like a thunder. Amazingly, he didn't snore at all on the day he got TMJ calibration on. He loved it as well as his family.
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