Snoring and Sleep Apnea
The Sona Pillow® in the double-blind study published in Breathing and Sleep Medical Journal showed it corrected both mild and moderate sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring is a tell tale sign of predisposition and or underlying sleep apnea. Snoring occurs primarily because the jaw moves back in causing constriction in the back of the throat. Also, the uvula and the oropharynx vibrates and makes the snoring noise. Its easy to identify people who are predisposed to snoring and sleep apnea, its easy to pick them out in the general population. Because of small jaw, retrognathia which is that the jaw moves backward when people speak. Also if significant overbite, grinding of the teeth, macroglossia large tongue. And lastly geographic tongue, which is multiple lines, on top of the tongue.
Depending on a sleep study which calculates the amount of time a person stops breathing per hour. Based on these findings and medical proof thousands of studies have since been published proving the benefit of positional therapy and Sona positioning ™.
These individually also commonly have low-lying uvula. With less amount of space in the oropharynx when told to open the mouth. Besides these characteristic anatomic features which predisposes to snoring and sleep apnea. There is also a significant personal and family history of cardiovascular disease, weight gain, bruxism. As well as excessive daytime somnolence and sleepiness during the day, snoring, and a family history of early deaths.
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What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea may be up to a varying degree.
Sona positioning™ is the slanting downward position of the jaw which moves his jaw forward gradually and naturally as one sleeps because of gravity and proper positioning. The exact angle, which has to be placed, which offers the maximum benefit has also been studied and multiple studies and proven to be the one utilized by Sona positioning™ and Sona Pillow ®.
The Sona positioning is a trademark and cannot be used by anyone without prior authorization. Both Sona Pillow ® and Sona Pillow O ® utilize Sona positioning™ and are the only patented pillows which can use this patented position and angulation of the pillow.
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Multiple Medical Studies
Multiple medical studies since performed on positional therapy after the introduction of the Sona pillow have proven the benefit of positional therapy. In preventing sleep apnea, snoring, heart disease, preeclampsia, bruxism (grinding of the teeth), weight gain, tooth decay, high blood pressure. Benefits show in central sleep apnea also due to positional therapy. It may also be beneficial in and while utilizing CPAP. It is the belief of American and international sleep specialist to address snoring early by positional therapy. As well as possibly weight loss as this may be an underlying feature of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Underlying condition if not correctable by positional therapy needs to be treated by CPAP. Or mandibular advancement device, or surgical correction.
All 3 of these have extremely poor results, compliance and tolerance. Less than 40% of the patients tolerate CPAP as it is cumbersome noisy difficult to get use to bulky ugly. It is also hard to travel with. The Dental appliance and mandibular advancing devices which consist of a plastic piece in the mouth. It moves jaw forward, is uncomfortable and benefit is minimal and compliance is less than 20%. CPAP is the gold standard for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
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