Steve Eisenberg (Sandalfoot@AOL.COM)
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 16:35:45 -0500
Thank you for your vivid first person description of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
It is estimated that one third of the population. While sleeping, the muscles
and soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax making the breathing airway
smaller. Because the airway space has decreased in size, there is an increase
in the velocity of air passing through. Like a house in a hurricane, soft
tissue structures such as the soft palate and uvula vibrate. The resulting
noise is what we call snoring.
Surgical intervention to remove obstructions have been attempted with moderate
(20%-40%) success (aside from an uncomfortable recover period). For the
majority of snorers, a simple, dentist prescribed oral device may be the
answer. Looking like two athletic mouth guards (one for the top teeth; one for
the bottom) attached by left/right connecting rods that move the lower jaw
foward of the upper, the appliance helps to increase the three dimensional
airway space. By increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway and
preventing tissue vibration, snoring is prevented.
To those snoring scouts, scouters, and suffering significant others, snoring
can be dangerous. Ask John. Your dentist may be able to help you with a
simple, affordable device.
Steve Eisenberg, D.D.S.
Cub Scout Leader Training Committee
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 75, Columbia, Maryland
National Pike District/Baltimore Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City