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For many athletes, the difference between winning and losing can be tiny fractions of a second. Since the beginning of time and the advent of competitive sports, man has

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looked to gain any edge they can! Whether it be at the earliest Olympic games, playing in a recreational league, or  major pro sports. What if your dentist can give you the jaw protection, extra edge you need, and allow your body to perform at its optimum? Recent advancements in understanding how the body works to achieve maximum performance has allowed the development of new high performance athletic mouthguards.

Custom Made Mouthguards Can Make A Difference

The days of boil and bite mouthguards are slowly fading away. Custom made mouthguards  give you a very comfortable fit along with added performance extras. A well made custom performance athletic mouthguard can give you the following advantages:

Decreased Tooth and Jaw Damage.  A well fitting mouthguard will give proper support and protection to your teeth and jaws, leading to less physical damage resulting from facial traumas.

Increased Strength. A performance athletic mouthguard relieves muscular tension in the jaw. This  frees up energy that can be used more efficiently by other parts of the body. More power on hand equals increased energy. The end result is increased strength and flexibility.

Increased Oxygen Intake. These specially designed athletic mouthguards relax and align your jaw to significantly improve airflow and breathing.  Studies by various researchers have shown an increase of almost 29%. Increased airflow is shown to improve Heart Rate efficiency, resulting in heightened training, performance, and recovery.

Increased Endurance. Studies have shown with increased oxygen intake there is also the ability by the body to remove lactic acid faster. When you decrease lactic acid, you increase your ability to perform well longer. These studies have shown a reduction of as much as 25% lactic acid when using a high performance athletic mouthguard.

Increased Reaction Time. Studies have shown an increase by up to 12% in some athletes. This equates to a significant edge during game time.

Sports Mouthguard Marielaina Perrone DDSReduction in Athletic Stress. It has been shown that proper usage of an athletic mouthguard can cause lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol to develop during athletic action.

Increased Control Of Your Body. When your jaw is aligned properly, you further stabilize the muscles in your head, neck and spine. Body sway is reduced, resulting in stronger core stability and balance. The closer you are to your ideal jaw position, the more your muscles are stabilized and relaxed. This makes breathing deeper and easier, which improves your balance and focus.

Are There Different Types Of Performance Athletic Mouthguards?

There are a few brands out there that claim to improve performance. The leading types are made by UnderArmour and PX3. These two companies have compiled extensive research to back their claims as well as having many high profile endorsers of their product. The main thing is, that these are custom made for each individual to maximize them for their particular sport.

Conclusion

Your jaw, teeth, and bite are as unique as each of our fingerprints, which is why standard mouthguards are not the solution. Will a performance athletic mouthguard turn an ordinary athlete into a Super Bowl winning football player? Probably not. What it can give to any athlete is a boost that could be the difference between winning and losing at their own skill level. Wouldn’t you want that increased protection from harm, and extra competitive edge for yourself or your children?

 



Snoring is usually not something we are very concerned about, unless our sleep mate is causing a disruption to your sleep. But, did you know that frequent, loud snoring may be a sign of something more serious than keeping your partner up during the night. This could be a sign of sleep apnea (also known as obstructive sleep apnea – OSA). Sleep apnea is a common but potentially serious condition in which breathing stops and starts up again for periods of 10-20 seconds while you sleep (this can occur hundreds of times a night). Even though sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes undiagnosed. Sleep Apnea affects more than 18 million people in the United States alone and less than 10% ever get diagnosed. If left untreated, sleep apnea can take 8-10 years off a person’s life.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is actually the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway (along with loud snoring). In turn this blocks the airflow into the lungs. Obstructive sleep apnea is defined as five or more episodes of apnea (temporary absence of breathing) or hypopnea (diminished depth and rate of breathing)  per hour of sleep (called apnea-hypopnea index or AHI) in individuals who have excessive daytime sleepiness. Patients with 15 or more episodes of apnea or hypopnea per hour of sleep are considered to have moderate sleep apnea

Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. The pausing of breathing literally shocks your body out of its natural sleep rhythms. As a result, you tend to spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be full of energy, mentally sharp, and productive the following day.

It can be difficult to diagnose sleep apnea without help, since most symptoms only occur when you are sleeping. So it’s advisable to ask a bed partner or record yourself while sleeping. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea and vice versa. Some recent studies have also found that if you have snoring and grind your teeth than you likely have some form of apnea, so you should get checked by a physician. So how do you tell the difference between common snoring and a more serious case of sleep apnea? The biggest sign is how you feel during the day. The quality of your sleep is unaffected by “normal” snoring as much as sleep apnea does. So you would be less likely to suffer from sleepiness and fatigue during the day.

So where does the dentist come in? An official diagnosis of sleep apnea must come from a physician with the possibility of sleep center visit. A dentist can fabricate an Oral appliance which are used to reposition the tongue and lower jaw forward during sleep to maintain the open airway. Usually, oral appliances are recommended for mild to moderate Sleep Apnea patients, but can be used in severe sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate CPAP machines (The standard treatment right now is use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, but 25%-50% of sleep apnea patients do not follow thru with or tolerate CPAP machines). Some recent studies have shown these oral appliances to be the most effective in treating snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

At Dr. Perrone‘s office, we use an oral appliance called a TAP appliance (Thornton Adjustable Positioner). The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. It is able to maintain a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing. We feel this gives the patient the best option for success.

The unique design allows the patient to fine-tune his/her treatment at home and work with the dentist to achieve the best possible results. Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal treatment position. The TAP has a single point of central adjustment, which prevents uneven bilateral adjustment that can create an irregular bite and discomfort.

The TAP has over a 95% success rate. It is the key to a snore-free, restful night of sleep. This appliance also treats sleep apnea without the need for surgery, a mask, or medication. The TAP is recognized as the market leader in oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea and is currently prescribed by over 7,000 dentists worldwide to treat snoring and sleep apnea. In addition, it is the most researched oral appliances on the market with over 30 independent peer reviewed published studies. A simple dental examination is necessary to know if the patient will be able to use an oral appliance. So, schedule one today for you and your loved ones!