Do you or a family member snore in their sleep? You may be suffering from a serious sleeping disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts called "Sleep Apnea".
If left untreated, Sleep Apnea can lead to dangerous complications such as heart disease, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, and can even worsen high blood pressure. Seeking Sleep Apnea treatment when symptoms are first identified is a great first step.
What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have Sleep Apnea:
- Obstruction of upper airways during sleep.
- Mild to heavy snoring throughout the night.
- Sudden awakenings throughout the night.
- Headache, dry, or sore throat in the mornings.
- Tiredness/fatigue throughout the day.
What causes Sleep Apnea?
There are many factors that can attribute to Sleep Apnea, but this condition most commonly occurs when the airflow is interrupted or blocked while you sleep. Many cases of Sleep Apnea are a result of excess weight – fat deposits in the tissues surrounding the airway passages can cause sporadic breathing obstruction while sleeping, thus, causing an individual to snore. Other causes of Sleep Apnea include enlarged tonsils, a large overbite (when the top teeth proceed the bottom teeth) causing “mouth breathing”, a deviated nasal septum, a large neck circumference, smoking, or excessive alcohol or sedative consumption. Women experiencing menopause can sometimes develop Sleep Apnea – research has shown that the absence of estrogen can affect the breathing centers in the brain, leading to this condition.
Sleep Apnea treatment – snoring appliances
The unfortunate reality is that Sleep Apnea isn’t something that usually goes away on its own – for those suffering from excess weight or obesity, losing the weight can help, as can quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption. However, there are medical options available such as snoring appliances that can help reduce snoring and aid in maintaining healthier sleep patterns. The oral appliance is worn in the mouth, similar to a mouth guard, and works to help unblock airflow while you sleep.
Getting fitted for an oral appliance/occlusal splint
At your first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and send it out to be fabricated at a local dental lab. When your device is ready, we will have you come in for a second visit. At this appointment, we will fit you with your new snoring appliance, and make any adjustments necessary to ensure it fits comfortably.
Dr. Christie Schmidt
Dr. Patricia Kenny
Dr. Levi Ross
201 - 10010 88 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan, AB