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Control the Tongue... Prevent Snoring
The aveoTSD is a brilliantly simple, effective and noninvasive anti-snoring medical device. It provides an easy solution for the treatment of problem snoring. It is only available by dentist or medical doctor prescription.
Traditional mandibular advancement devices indirectly move the tongue forward by moving the mandible. But aveoTSD gently suctions to the tip of the tongue, preventing it from falling back into the throat and obstructing the airway. In addition, aveoTSD prevents clenching and tooth grinding by positioning the tongue between the upper and lower teeth.
Made of soft medical-grade silicone. The aveoTSD requires no impressions, no adjustments and has no moving parts. Best of all, it is indicated for anyone — even those with TMJ issues and the edentulous.
The aveoTSD opens the airway more than any other oral appliance on a cross-sectional area basis.
In this MRI image, the tongue falls into the back of the airway as a person sleeps. This blocks the airway, leading to snoring.
This MRI image shows the aveoTSD holding the tongue gently forward, preventing it from falling back and obstructing the airway. Note how the airway is now open and clear. This stops or greatly reduces snoring.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep. This can be due to large tonsils, a soft palate, a long uvula or excessive flabby tissue at the throat. All of these areas relax during sleep.
In other cases, nasal congestion from allergies or deformities of the cartilage between the two sides of the nose can contribute to narrowing of the airway.
By keeping the airway open, air travels more slowly, reducing throat vibrations and diminishing or eliminating problem snoring. Holding the tongue forward is one of the most effective ways of keeping the airway open during sleep.
However, the most common cause of narrowing of the upper airway is a tongue muscle that becomes too relaxed during sleep. When relaxed, it gets sucked back into the throat with each breath taken.
Because snoring occurs when air travels faster through a narrow tube than through a broad one, this rapidly moving air causes the relaxed soft tissues of the throat to vibrate. It is this vibration that creates the sound of snoring.
Common causes of snoring
Supine body position (lying face up)
Large tonsils, long soft palate or uvula
A tongue that relaxes too much during sleep
Nasal congestion from colds, allergies or deformities of cartilage within the nose
Consuming alcohol, medication or tobacco products within six hours of going to sleep
More than 60 percent of the adult population suffers from problem snoring. This percentage increases each year in people aged 50 and older, as tissues in the upper airway lose elasticity and tend to vibrate more during breathing, increasing the incidence of snoring.1 When the airway is reduced during sleep, the tongue is more easily sucked into the back of the throat and obstructs the airway.
Sixty percent of men and 40 percent of women over the age of 40 are habitual snorers.1
Snoring is common in children between the age of 2 to 7, particularly if they have a chest infection or enlarged tonsils.2
Snoring is also commonly experienced by women during the later stages of pregnancy.
Health consequences of snoring
Snoring occurs when the tongue falls back into the back of the throat and causes an obstruction in the airway.
Snoring reduces deep, quality restorative sleep. This results in extreme tiredness through the following day, which affects personal, intellectual and physical performance and negatively impacts quality of life.
Obstruction of the airway causes the heart rate to fall below normal with decreases in blood oxygen levels. The obstruction will not clear until blood oxygen levels fall low enough to trigger the brain to send a signal for a release of adrenaline to prevent suffocation. The airway obstruction is usually (but tragically not always) broken with a gasp for air and, due to the adrenaline release, an increased heart rate.
Reduced blood oxygen levels during the night also causes the brain to send signals through the nervous system to protect vital organs, the heart and the brain. Blood vessels are instructed to tighten up, to increase the blood flow to ensure the heart and brain get the required amount of oxygen to compensate for the low blood oxygen levels.
This tightening of the blood vessels causes hypertension and high blood pressure. Night-induced blood pressure continues into the day, even with normal breathing.
The reduced oxygen levels in the blood can also stimulate the production of red blood cells, compensating for low blood oxygen levels. This thickens the blood and slows circulation, worsening the overall situation.
Social and health consequences of snoring
Snoring is number three on the list of reasons for divorce in married couples (only infidelity and finances are blamed before snoring)1
Snoring is distressing for sleep partners
Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on well-being and quality of life
Snoring is an embarrassment when traveling with others
Snorers experience tiredness, morning headaches, dry mouth, relationship difficulties, lower blood oxygen levels and other associated consequences
New research has shown that loud snoring poses serious health risks