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%.1 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.
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.