Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea – Why should you care?

Snoring is a Nuisance, But Sleep Apnea is Life-Threatening.

Did you know that 80% of people with Sleep Apnea go undiagnosed? Millions of people ignore their problem, thinking it’s “only snoring”. However, Sleep Apnea left untreated can worst-case scenario lead to death. So many people consider this problem to be a mild to moderate nuisance (unless, of course you sleep with someone who snores!) Sleep Apnea is a problem that threatens your life and should not be taken lightly. While total number of deaths due to Sleep Apnea are hard to record, research cited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that left untreated, Sleep Apnea can lead to:

  • Increased risk of Cancer, more than 4 times
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Higher rate of death due to heart disease
  • Heart Attacks
  • Diabetes due to impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance
  • Impaired concentration
  • Falling asleep at work or behind the wheel of your car
  • Mood changes
  • Gastric Reflux (GERD)
  • Increased risk of being involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident
  • Weight gain and the inability to lose weight

Yes, it’s much more serious than you think. With potential health complications such as increased risk of stroke and higher rate of death due to heart disease, we at Zyppah think it is important to give more information on this widely misunderstood medical condition.

So what exactly is Sleep Apnea?  Many of us have heard the term, used it in passing, but may not fully understand what Sleep Apnea actually means.  The American Academy of Sleep Medicine defines Sleep Apnea as a “sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe… It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing the tongue and soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway.” In other words, as your body rests and you attempt to sleep, something is blocking your airway.  That something in most cases is your tongue, but could also be a buildup of fatty tissue, excess weight or other problems.  Whatever the reason, this blockage causes you to stop breathing up to 10-30 seconds at a time, and in some cases for 1 minute or longer.



Treatment Options

A CPAP/APAP machine isn’t the only way Snoring and Sleep Apnea can be treated! There are various other treatment options available, including oral appliances. Our appliances in particular have 2 main objectives, to bring the jaw forward and prevent your tongue from falling back towards your throat. The jaw advancement opens up your airway, allowing more oxygen flow as you sleep. Then our patented one-of-a-kind tongue elastic acts as a seatbelt for your tongue, preventing it from falling back and blocking your airway as your muscles relax. Zyppah is not the only provider of oral appliances, you will have to consult with your Sleep Certified dentist so they can determine which appliance would best treat your Snoring and Sleep Apnea.


Zyppah

Zyppah

The ZYPPAH anti-snoring mouthpiece is an FDA approved, self-molded boil-and-bite oral appliance that is effective, safe and easy to use. THIS APPLIANCE IS ONLY FOR SNORING. If you have Sleep Apnea, you need a more specialized device. *This is the only device that can be bought by a consumer. All other devices require a sleep dentist.* Click here to learn more about the Zyppah appliance!!

CPAP/APAP Machine

CPAP/APAP Machine

This is just one example of a CPAP/APAP machine you can use. CPAP/APAP’s are a good alternative if your uncomfortable with an appliance being inside your mouth. Dual therapy is a great treatment option as well, combining the use of a CPAP/APAP with an oral appliance. A CPAP/APAP is a machine that blows air into your lungs via full face/nasal mask, covering your mouth and/or nose. Thus ensuring you continue breathing throughout the night.

Chin Strap

Chin Strap

This is just one example of a chin strap you can use. They keep your mouth in a closed and forward position. Similar to an oral appliance, which brings the jaw forward from the inside, except the chin strap does that from the outside.

Zyppah Pro

Zyppah Pro

The ZYPPAH PRO anti-snoring mouthpiece is an FDA approved, self-molded boil-and-bite oral appliance that is effective, safe and easy to use. The only physical difference between this and the original ZYPPAH is this appliance has the ability to adjust the jaw advancement. This device can only be delivered by a Sleep Certified dentist. It cannot be purchased by the consumer.

CPAP/APAP Nasal Mask

CPAP/APAP Nasal Mask

This is just one example of a nasal mask you can use.

CPAP/APAP Nasal Mask

CPAP/APAP Nasal Mask

This is just one example of a nasal mask you can use.

Zyppah K

Zyppah K

A lightweight, non-invasive, vacuum-form appliance that consists of two sturdy acrylic arch trays formed to fit tightly over the teeth. The device advances the lower jaw – holding it forward to maintain an open airway - while the custom Green Zyppah Tongue Band stabilizes the tongue and keeps it from obstructing the breathing passage.

Dorsal Zyppah Hybrid

Dorsal Zyppah Hybrid

A vacuum-form dual-action hybrid appliance used in the treatment of snoring, mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and TMD. Interlocking buccal inclines allow a desirable degree of mandibular lateral movement. The inclines, while keeping the mandible from dropping open during sleep, enable the patient to open and close normally while wearing the appliance.

Anti-Snore Pillow

Anti-Snore Pillow

This is just one example of an anti-snore pillow you can use. According to research, the idea behind these pillows is quite simple. Because most people have poor sleep posture, their airway is being restricted while they sleep. Airway restriction can lead to snoring, and may be an underlying symptom of Sleep Apnea. Anti-snore pillows correct your sleep posture by supporting your neck with thicker sides and a thinner middle. This action aligns the head with the spine to help keep your airway open. More oxygen means less snoring.

Zyppah T

Zyppah T

This appliance is usually used in the treatment of severe obstructive sleep apnea and TMD cases. This vacuum-form device adds extensions to the TRD portion as well as "tongue elevators" on the lower tray to lift the tongue and prevent it from falling back into the throat.

Herbst Zyppah Hybrid

Herbst Zyppah Hybrid

A vacuum-form dual-action hybrid appliance used in the treatment of snoring, mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and TMD. The upper and lower trays are joined by two bars placed along either side. The bars allow the lower tray to be advanced forward, thus comfortably opening the airway.

CPAP/APAP Full Face Mask

CPAP/APAP Full Face Mask

This is just one example of a full face mask you can use.

Nasal Strip

Nasal Strip

The purpose of nasal strips is to widen your nostrils and improve airflow. They are useful if the snoring originates from the nose.


This comparison represents only some of the treatment options available. There are more options, however, these are the most common. If you or a loved one snore, or think you have Sleep Apnea, you need to see a Zyppah Sleep Certified™ dentist for testing and possible treatment.