Dr. Tony Soileau, DDS is a family dentist who has been treating his patients for snoring and sleep apnea here in Lafayette since 1994. He has worked with many types of mouth splints and currently only recommends the SomnoMed MAS appliance. For additional information call (337) 234-3551 or contact our office for an evaluation.
Snoring is something we often make fun of in our society. But it isn’t funny to the person trying to sleep next you. And what it’s doing to your body at night is not funny either. This is because it may be killing you, just slowly.
Snoring occurs because there is a disruption of airflow going into your lungs. The usual cause for the disruption is your tongue falling back into your throat and partially blocking the air. This causes the gurgling noises. Over time the condition gets worse. Your throat can become completely closed off so no air goes through to your lungs. This is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you fail to breathe for 10 seconds or more during sleep.
SomnoMed is a company who manufactures an alternative solution for Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Disorder or just plain snoring. This device is custom made for each individual patient by SomnoMed and is worn in the mouth while they sleep.
1. It makes no noise
2. It is comfortable to wear and you can still talk, drink and move when you sleep without it coming out.
3. You can still look sexy when you go to bed.
This device has been providing tremendous relief for patients who suffer from Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Disorder or Significant Other Sleep Disorder (a spouse or partner who snores and keeps you awake) and this device is usually covered with your medical insurance.
One of the major advances offered by this alternative is that patients actually wear it. Often times once a patient is diagnosed and is fitted with a C-pap or Bi-pap they wear it for a while but then discontinue its use – if you don’t use it, it won’t help.
The wonderful aspect of the human body is its ability to correct itself. If you can get a goodnight sleep many of the symptoms of sleep apnea will begin to get better and some may even return to normal over time. The earlier you have it treated the better your life will be!
If you or someone you know may be a candidate for this alternative treatment, have them contact our office for an evaluation.