Snoring/Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring is caused by blocked air passages. The air creates a noisy vibration as it is forced through the tight passages. Snoring can be a sign of more serious conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder. Patients with sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing or very shallow breath during sleep. The pauses can last from a few seconds to over a minute and occur as many as 30 times an hour.
When breathing is paused during sleep, patients usually move into a lighter phase of sleep or wake entirely. The result is a disrupted sleep pattern and less restful sleep.
What causes sleep apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, is caused by a blockage of the airways. This is often due to the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapsing enough to temporarily block the air passage.
Central sleep apnea is far less common and occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.
Could I be suffering from sleep apnea without knowing it?
Yes! Many patients with sleep apnea do not even realize they are suffering. Sleep apnea significantly disrupts sleep and results in a less restful night for the sufferer, and possibly even their partner. Sometimes, sleep apnea leads to serious medical conditions. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea feel drowsy or sleepy throughout the day, despite having slept a long night.
Why do I need treatment for snoring?
Snoring disrupts your sleep, resulting in a less restful night for you, and possibly even for your partner. Many people who snore feel drowsy or sleepy throughout the day, even if they had a long night of sleep. The fatigue caused by chronic inadequate rest can lead to more serious health concerns. Snoring can also be a sign of more serious conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Why is it important to address sleep apnea?
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, depression, heart failure and diabetes.
It can also increase the likelihood of developing arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) and of having work related or driving accidents.
How can a snore guard help my snoring?
We can help improve your snoring by creating a custom snore guard for you. A snore guard is similar to a bite guard. It reduces or eliminates snoring by repositioning your jaw and tongue to allow for unobstructed airflow, resulting in a more restful sleep. This simple dental appliance which is custom-fitted to your mouth, will decrease your snoring and leave you more revitalized and energized in the mornings.
What are sleep apnea treatments?
There are many different approaches to sleep apnea treatment ranging from simple lifestyle and routine changes to tremendously effective custom-made dental appliances to surgical intervention. If you are having symptoms of sleep apnea, we encourage you to make an appointment to speak with our caring and experienced team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton. Improving your sleep may even improve the overall quality of your life.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, require sleep apnea treatment, or would like a snore guard we recommend you complete the following online screening and we encourage you to contact our caring team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton.
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