Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, March 6, 2009

PureSleep: Benefits and Limits of Over-the-Counter Snoring Aids

PureSleep is a new anti-snoring device that is available Over-the-Counter without a prescription from a doctor. This device has been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of snoring. In order to secure FDA approval, a device must go through tests that indicate the device is "reasonably safe and effective" for its authorized usage. So FDA approval is some level of assurance for a device. In this case, you can be relatively sure that PureSleep is "reasonably safe and effective" for stopping snoring.

PureSleep is essentially a "boil-and-bite" mouthpiece like those commonly used by amateur athletes, much to their detriment. These mouthpieces provided limited protection for athletes, and no remedy for neuromuscular symptoms. It is probably safe to say that PureSleep has a similar relationship to true oral appliance therapy that boil-and-bite mouthpieces have to the Pure Power Mouthguard: in the same category, but nowhere near the same class.

Snoring is more than just an annoyance--it may be the sign of the potentially lethal condition, obstructive sleep apnea. About 30 % of snorers have sleep apnea, but not all obstructive sleep apnea sufferers snore. A snorer with sleep apnea may cure one problem and get better sleep at night. Since many people with sleep apnea are unaware of their condition, former snorers who are now not being awakened fully by their cosleeper's complaints about snoring, may never be aware of their problem.

If you are a snorer who is interested in this low-cost option for remedying the problem, you should first be evaluated for sleep apnea and only try PureSleep if you have been cleared of this dangerous condition. And do not stop CPAP or other therapy designed for the remedy of sleep apnea in favor of PureSleep, which has never been shown to affect sleep apnea.

If you would like to better understand your treatment options, schedule a snoring and sleep apnea consultation today at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center in Gurnee, Illinois, helping dentists and patients with sleep apnea solutions nationwide.

posted by Dr. Candelaria at 9:38 AM