Sleep Apnea Affects Millions and They Don’t Even Know It
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects more than 18 million American adults, stopping their breathing while they sleep and preventing oxygen from getting to the brain. Many of those who suffer from sleep apnea do not know they are affected since many of the symptoms only present themselves while the person is asleep. Also known as obstructive sleep apnea, the condition occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax and block the open airway, which prevents breathing and oftentimes causes snoring. This causes disruptive sleep patterns, leading to drowsiness, changes in mood and potentially the development of heart disease. The Smile Centre offers several treatments for sleep apnea so you can get the rest you need and stay healthy.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Loud, constant snoring
- Frequently waking up during sleep
- Drowsiness during the day
- Morning headaches
- Changes in mood or forgetfulness
Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea
- Overweight or large neck size
- Small upper airway or large tongue
- Smoking and alcohol usage
- Over the age of 40
- Family history of sleep apnea
Dental Appliances Readjust Your Bite
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Many times, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is prescribed. This device is worn over the nose while you sleep and forces air down your airway to keep it open. Some patients are CPAP intolerant however, and require other forms of treatment, often a dental appliance such as SomnoMed® or SilentNite®. These dental appliances are customized to fit your mouth specifically and gently reposition your jaw to prevent the airway from becoming blocked. These types of appliances are also commonly used for cases of TMJ disorder as the two conditions can often be linked due to improper positioning of the jaw. If you also suffer from TMJ disorder, we may be able to help both conditions by repositioning your jaw and bite with orthodontics.
Let Us Help You Sleep Well at Night
If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, or your partner has mentioned your constant snoring, seeking help at The Smile Centre can not only improve your overall sleep, but help prevent further medical conditions from developing. Our sleep appliances are custom fitted to provide comfort and allow you to get the good nights rest you deserve. With our multi-disciplinary approach, we are able to identify and treat many different conditions, often at the same time, to provide a convenient experience for you.