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).
A person wearing CPAP
What is 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.
A person wearing a sleep apnea oral appliance
How to Treat OSA?
Our team is typically able to treat OSA with a CPAP in Ottawa. A CPAP is a machine which opens the airways, allowing proper breathing to occur using a mask that covers the mouth and nose while sleeping. This can however be bulky and uncomfortable for patients, which leads us to the second method of treatment: 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 S\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.