Sleep apnea and TMJ treatments in Ottawa, ON
Sleep Apnea Therapy in Ottawa
Do you snore or have a partner who keeps you awake with their snoring habit? Did you know that snoring usually points to an obstruction in the breathing process? It can either be no big deal, where it’s simply a matter of having a narrow airway that produces sound when you’re asleep, or it can point to a more serious problem like Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Either way, if you or a loved one is a chronic snorer, you might want to get it checked out – you’re better off being safe than sorry! At our office, we offer safe and effective sleep apnea therapy so you can get the quality rest you need.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is very common in adults – studies have shown that up to 50% of adults snore. In addition to this being caused by a blockage of the airway, snoring can be triggered by different factors such as alcohol use, medications that relax the surrounding muscles, or weight gain – all of which can also amplify the problem if it already exists. When snoring is infrequent and minor, it’s usually nothing to worry about. But if your partner’s snoring tends to be loud with frequent, intense bursts throughout the night, they could very well be showing a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a breathing disorder that is debilitating and serious in nature. This occurs when relaxed muscles cause tissue in the back of the throat, nose, and mouth to block the airways, which prevents breathing for up to 10 seconds or more.
The brain then reacts to this by jolting the body slightly awake and interrupting your sleep to allow you to breathe. But over the course of the night, these interruptions can be constant, which will inevitably prevent a person from reaching that deep REM level of sleep that’s so important for proper functioning. This can also lead to other serious conditions over time.
Traditional treatment for sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine. CPAP machine stands for a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a machine that delivers oxygen to the person by a mask and tube. However, close to 50% of people cannot tolerate the CPAP because they find it uncomfortable, bulky, and noisy. Luckily, there is an alternative treatment that works for most patients: Oral Appliance Therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy utilizes a dental appliance or retainer that is used to reposition the jaw slightly forward, which also allows the airways to remain open while sleeping. Since this appliance can be customized for each patient, they are a much more comfortable alternative to the CPAP machine. These appliances are state-of-the-art appliances which aren’t a hindrance to your comfort, as old appliances were. Since the appliance gently repositions the jaw into its proper resting place, there is no risk of creating discomfort of TMJ pain while you wear it.
Oral appliances for Sleep Apnea, sometimes known as snoring guards or snoring oral devices, are often used as a substitute for expensive and complicated oral surgeries. If an individual is overweight, such appliances are often used in conjunction with weight loss. When inserted into the mouth and fitted over teeth, these appliances utilize an innovative form factor to reduce airway turbulence, eliminating instances of snoring. Such appliances are usually most effective in instances pertaining to mild or moderate Sleep Apnea.
Dr. Dahan’s Sleep Apnea appliances are carefully designed to provide the most comprehensive and effective solution for sufferers of the condition. Prescribed and customized to perfectly match the bone structure, mouth, and jaw shape of each individual patient, they gently nudge your jaw forward to keep the airway open while you’re asleep. These premium-quality and personalized Sleep Apnea Therapy appliances are the ideal solutions for those yearning to sleep more soundly than ever before.
Our team at Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic can help you get the good night’s rest you’ve been waiting for. Reach out to us to learn more about the services we offer and how our dentists can help you alleviate your snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea Therapy
Is sleep apnea hereditary?
When it comes to developing a sleep apnea disorder, you’re 50 percent more likely to have sleep apnea if your parents suffer from it. Sleep apnea can be caused by a variety of factors, such as a narrowed airway, genetics, excess weight, nasal congestion, and smoking. Luckily, Dr. Dahan offers several sleep apnea treatments to relieve your symptoms and help you get a quality night’s sleep.
If you’re wondering if you have sleep apnea disorder, contact our Ottawa office at (613) 454-1854 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dahan. At your consultation, he’ll review your symptoms and determine whether or not you’re showing signs of sleep apnea. If Dr. Dahan determines you’re suffering from sleep apnea, we’ll have you undergo a sleep test so we can get a better understanding of your condition to provide you with the best possible care.
Is sleep apnea life-threatening?
If you leave your sleep apnea untreated, it can lead to serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. This is why it’s important to seek treatment immediately after getting your sleep apnea diagnosis. Dr. Dahan offers multiple effective treatment options to tackle your sleep apnea and help improve your quality of life.
To learn more about sleep apnea and the treatments we offer at Ottawa TMJ and Sleep Apnea Clinic, call our office at (613) 454-1854. Our knowledgeable team is more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have and help you choose the right treatment.
Are there alternative ways to treat sleep apnea?
When it comes to treating sleep apnea, making certain lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your symptoms when combined with CPAP use or oral appliance therapy. Natural remedies to help treat sleep apnea include losing weight, regular exercise, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding the use of tobacco, and positional therapy.
I think I suffer from sleep apnea. What do I do?
If you feel you may be suffering from sleep apnea disorder, the first step is to obtain a proper diagnosis by taking a sleep test. A sleep study, or test, is usually conducted in an overnight lab by a sleep specialist to monitor sleeping patterns. For your convenience, Dr. Dahan offers an at-home sleep test that you can complete in the comfort of your own home.
Taking a sleep test is necessary in order to properly diagnose sleep apnea. Our team provides you with the best care possible and will make sure you’re comfortable. Once you have the diagnosis, Dr. Dahan can help to determine the most effective solution for treating your sleep apnea.