Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be a symptom of a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

In some cases this respiration disorder can lead to strokes and heart irregularities. If you have sleep apnea or snoring concerns, please contact us to discuss being fitted for an oral appliance!

Are you always tired? Did you know that accidents caused by driving while tired kill more people than drunk driving accidents?

How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health

Sometimes snoring is just snoring, but many times it’s not. Rather your snoring could be a symptom of a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In some cases this respiration disorder can lead to strokes and heart irregularities.

Many people with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing for long pauses (anywhere from a few seconds to minutes) during the night, due to the relaxing of your throat muscles and tongue. When the breathing stops, carbon dioxide builds up in the blood stream until your brain is alerted and communicates to your body to wake up and breathe! The gasping and snorting sounds you make during sleep is your body trying to take in that air. And when this reoccurs, your body is over time getting less and less of the necessary deep REM sleep, which leaves you tired into the next day. Not only does this affect the snorer, but the snoring and gasping can also affect the sleep of any bed partners too.

Feeling drained of energy and never fully excited and awake is no kind of way to life your life.

(There is a reason why Amnesty International considers sleep deprivation as a form a torture; without enough sleep, our brain is not able to function well at all. Over time, sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on the immune system, learning capabilities, memory, moods, and much more.)

Oral Appliance Therapy Can Help You Sleep Soundly

Dental science has developed simple and safe oral appliance devices designed to anatomically position the jaw in ways that increase airflow and prevent the tongue from obstructing your airway. Not only can oral appliances enable you to breathe easily and deeply, but they can reduce or even eliminate your snoring entirely.

If you have sleep apnea or snoring concerns, you owe it to yourself to seek treatment.

In severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, the best treatment option is wearing a CPAP breathing machine while sleeping. Luckily for you, most cases of obstructive sleep apnea are mild to moderate, and the best treatment option for mild to moderate cases is hands-down wearing an oral appliance while sleeping. CPAP machines are not by any means evil, they actually save their wearers’ lives; CPAP machines are, as a standard, disliked by most of their wearers, nevertheless. The bulk of the CPAP can be uncomfortable to sleep with and socially awkward for other people to see. With oral appliance therapy, in contrast, the oral appliance actually re-trains the muscles of your jaw to hold it in the most ergonomic position. This means that over time, your jaw will learn how to rest in a position that is not obstructing your airway and slowly killing you. In addition to the recovery aspect of oral appliance therapy, there is no bulky equipment involved and few people have any complaints.

Has anyone ever told you that you snore?

Maybe it’s time for a Sleep Apnea Consultation.

If you feel tired when you wake up in the morning or lack-lustre during the day, you may have some form of a sleep disorder. If you wake up in the night or have snoring concerns, you may have some form of a sleep disorder. When it comes down to it, if you are concerned about your sleeping or snoring problems, please contact us! We would be happy to set up a consultation appointment, and discuss how oral appliance therapy may be the best treatment for your obstructive sleep apnea and snoring problems.

During the Consultation

During the consultation, we will discuss your concerns and evaluate your respiratory capacity and airway. If the signs point to obstructive sleep apnea, we’ll then send you home with an easy to use Sleep Test (which is much simpler and more cost effective than sending you so a sleep centre). Afterward, we will go over the results together. If your results do yield mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea, or if you are a freight-train snorer, we can then fit you for the oral appliance that best suits your needs.

Finally, if you have concerns about having all of your needs and access requirements met at our office, please bring them up when you set up your consultation, and we will discuss how to best meet your needs!

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

 

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