It’s been estimated that approximately 90 million people in North America suffer from sleep disorders, including insomnia, snoring and sleep apnea. Patients visit their dentist on a more regular basis than other health care professionals, therefore dentists have an excellent opportunity to diagnose and treat their patients with oral appliances when that’s determined to be the treatment of choice.
Snoring is extremely common in our society as it has been estimated that 60 percent of men snore and 40 percent of women over age 50 snore. Snoring occurs when there is a partial obstruction of the airway, which causes the palatal tissues to vibrate. Snoring is a serious social problem for the bed partner and adversely affects many relationships.
Click here to read the rest of this article by Dr. Brock Rondeau in Dental Tribune, July 22, 2010.