Snoring is common: 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
Snoring can have a 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 or their family.2 Of course, it plays havoc with their sleep as well, leaving them feeling tired, listless, even grumpy.
Loud, bothersome snoring can have other, less obvious side effects, too. Snorers are 1.6 times more likely to develop arterial hypertension within 4 years3 of beginning to snore. There are risks of other cardiovascular diseases as well.4
Not all snorers have OSA, but almost everyone who has OSA… snores
Snoring is also the primary5 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.6
Clinical studies show that people with untreated sleep apnoea run greater health risks:
Always make sure you screen your patients for OSA. A correct diagnosis is essential to choosing the most appropriate treatment option. Patients who are throat snorers or who have a mild or moderate level of AHI (less than 30) are candidates for a mandibular repositioning device.
Marin JM. 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 Mar 19 25;365(9464):1046-53