What dentists should know about snoring

Snoring is a common problem:  In an epidemiologic study conducted in 2007 in France on 850 participants between the ages of 22 to 66, the prevalence of regular snoring was 34,6%.Women, too, snore, though in fewer numbers than men.

Snoring can have a very disruptive effect on your patients’ lives. They’re often not the first to realise they have a problem: rather, it’s their bed partner who complains. In fact, 95% of snorers say that their snoring bothers their partner.2  Of course, it plays havoc with their sleep as well, leaving them feeling tired, listless, even grumpy.

Loud, bothersome snoring has other, less obvious side effects, too. Snorers are 1.6 times more likely to develop arterial hypertension within 4 years of beginning to snore.3 There are risks of other cardiovascular diseases as well.

 

Not all snorers have OSA, but everyone who has OSA… snores

Snoring is also the primary symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which is the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Snoring and sleep apnoea are linked at an alarming rate — 3 in 10 men and nearly 2 in 10 women who are habitual snorers also suffer from some degree of obstructive sleep apnoea.4

Clinical studies show that people with untreated sleep apnoea run greater health risks:

As a dentist, think of asking a few proactive questions about their snoring and sleep — either as you establish a new patient medical record, or through a routine check-up with regular patients. This can set them on a proper diagnosis path, and enable you to provide sleep dental therapy solutions like the Narval CC™ mandibular repositioning device (MRD)* from ResMed. 

 

References

  • 01

    Teculescu D & al. Habitual snoring. Prevalence and risk factors in a sample of the French male population. Revue des Maladies Respiratoires, 2007 Mar, 24(3 Pt 1):281-7.

  • 02

    A +A Healthcare study undertaken with 95 patients who wore Narval CC (Equinoxe in France) in 2011.

  • 03

    Peepard T. Prospective study of the association between sleep-disordered breathing and hypertension. N Engl J Med 342 (2000), pp. 1378-1384.

  • 04

    Young T et al. The occurrence of sleep-disordered breathing among middle-aged adults. N Engl J Med 1993; 328(17):1230–5.

  • 05

    Marin JM, Carrizo SJ, Vicente E, Agusti AG. Long-term cardiovascular outcomes in men with obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea with or without treatment with continuous positive airway pressure : an observational study. Lancet 2005 ; 365 : 1046-53.

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    Peker Y, Carlson J, Hedner J. Increased incidence of coronary artery disease in sleep apnoea: a long-term follow-up. Eur Respir J. 2006 Sep;28(3):596-602.

  • 07

    Ellen et al. Systematic review of motor vehicle crash risk in persons with sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med. 2006 Apr 15;2(2):193-200.

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