Sleep apnea and TMJ treatments in in Ottawa, ON
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!
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 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
Is sleep apnea hereditary?
If your parents suffer from sleep apnea, you’re 50 percent more likely to develop a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea can be caused from a variety of factors, such as a narrowed airway, genetics, excess weight, nasal congestion, and smoking. Fortunately, Dr. Dahan offers several sleep apnea treatments to relieve symptoms and help you get a good night’s rest.
Contact our Ottawa office at (613) 454-1854 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dahan. He’ll review your symptoms and determine whether you’re showing signs of sleep apnea. If so, we’ll ask you to 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?
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. That’s why it’s crucial to seek treatment immediately after getting diagnosed with sleep apnea. Dr. Dahan offers several effective treatments to tackle your sleep apnea and help you sleep soundly at night.
To learn about our treatment options, contact our Ottawa office at (613) 454-1854 or fill out a convenient contact form. Dr. Dahan will answer any questions or concerns you may have and help you choose the best solution for your unique condition.
Are there alternative ways to treat sleep apnea?
Making certain lifestyle changes can significantly help reduce sleep apnea 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 tobacco use, and positional therapy.
I think I suffer from sleep apnea. What do I do?
If you think you’re suffering from sleep apnea, the first step is taking a sleep test for a proper diagnosis. A sleep study, or test, is typically conducted in an overnight sleep lab by a sleep specialist to monitor your sleeping patterns. For your convenience, Dr. Dahan offers at-home sleep tests to complete from the comfort of your home.
Taking a sleep study is necessary to receive a clear and accurate diagnosis for your condition, allowing our team to provide you with the best possible care. Once you have the diagnosis, Dr. Dahan can help determine the most effective solution for treating your sleep apnea.