Sleep soundly

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - YOUR HEALTH -

YAP Ming Tian was aware that he was a snorer but it soon pro­gressed to him wak­ing up in the mid­dle of the night gasp­ing for breath. His daugh­ter, who is a doc­tor, recog­nised it as ap­noea.

Ap­noea suf­fer­ers are of­ten di­ag­nosed when they are ex­hausted and can­not func­tion prop­erly.

Most peo­ple are un­aware that they suf­fer from it but it is a com­mon prob­lem. It in­ter­rupts deep sleep and ren­ders you tired the next day.

Ap­noea is po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing as it raises blood pres­sure, re­duces the flow of oxy­gen to the brain and can pos­si­bly lead to stroke, heart at­tack and even death.

Suf­fer­ers have been known to ex­pe­ri­ence im­paired men­tal abil­i­ties, trou­bled emo­tions, dis­rupted work per­for­mance, mem­ory prob­lems, weight gain, im­po­tence and headaches.

Con­ven­tional treat­ment meth­ods in­volve the use of nasal con­tin­u­ous pos­i­tive air­way pres­sure de­vices and if the con­di­tion is par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous, doc­tors may rec­om­mend surgery.

For­tu­nately, Yap’s daugh­ter found a mandibu­lar de­vice called the Somno­guard that she felt suited her fa­ther’s needs.

The Somno­guard is made from a flex­i­ble ma­te­rial and re­sem­bles den­tures. Fit­ting in­volves boil­ing the mould­able ther­mo­plas­tic, cool­ing it and in­sert­ing it into the mouth for the cor­rect fit and bite.

De­vel­oped in Ger­many by med­i­cal en­ter­prise Tomed Dr Tous­saint GmbH in co­op­er­a­tion with ENT ( ear, nose and throat) univer­sity clin­ics of Mannheim, Ger­many, the de­vice serves to shift the lower jaw for­ward dur­ing sleep. This al­lows the res­pi­ra­tory tract to open up fur­ther.

Ad­vance­ment of the lower jaw by up to 10mm with 0.5mm ac­cu­racy is made with the ad­just­ment of a screw on the de­vice.

Clin­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions in the Mannheim sleep lab­o­ra­tory showed that snor­ing in 80% of pa­tients dis­ap­peared com­pletely or al­most com­pletely with the use of this oral de­vice. The rate of dan­ger­ous noc­tur­nal breath­ing ar­rests was re­duced by up to 60%.

When Yap first tried the de­vice, he slept soundly for the first time in years. He has since de­cided to be a dis­trib­u­tor of the de­vice to help fel­low suf­fer­ers in Malaysia.

Ap­proved by Euro­pean health au­thor­i­ties and the United States Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the de­vice is con­ve­nient to use and can be stored eas­ily when trav­el­ling.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03- 7954 3622.

The So­mo­guard helped al­le­vi­ate Yap‘ s ap­noea so he can sleep through the night.

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