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Sleep Apnea Treatments

According to a 2014 study, an estimated 5.4 million Canadian adults are at high risk of, or have been diagnosed with, obstructive sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common, chronic disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Sometimes breathing stops for up to 30 seconds. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • Pausing after snoring loudly
  • Feeling sleepy during the day
  • Choking during sleep
  • Experiencing morning headaches
  • Decreasing focus during the day
  • Feeling irritable
  • Falling asleep behind the wheel
  • Waking up with a dry mouth

Why Sleep Apnea Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Snoring on its own isn’t a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s what to watch out for:

  • Poor quality sleep
  • Negative effect on your partner and your relationship
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Low productivity
  • Increased risk of road accidents
  • Increased risk of work-related injuries
  • Depression

What Causes Sleep Apnea

  • Blockage in nasal passage ways
  • Bulky throat
  • Jaw development

Risk Factors

  • Being male. Sleep apnea is more common among men.
  • Middle-aged adults and older are at higher risk.
  • Alcoholic beverages can cause your throat muscles to relax more than usual.
  • Medications. Sleeping pills and narcotic medications can also leave your throat muscles more relaxed.

Finding Out if You Have Sleep Apnea

  • Have a family member observe your sleep.
  • Get yourself tested at a sleep clinic or use a home test.
  • Sleep tests monitor oxygen level in your blood, pulse rate, and snoring level among many others.

Reduce Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • Maintain an active lifestyle. Take the stairs; walk more often. However, avoid intense workouts 3 hours before you sleep.
  • Adopt a healthy diet. Reduce intake of junk food and fast food. Eat your vegetables.
  • Lose weight. Consult a dietitian about losing weight safely.
  • Reduce alcohol intake. Skip the alcohol and sleeping pills. Try taking a warm bath or reading a book instead.
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal at least 4 hours before you sleep. Give your body time to digest your food before going to bed.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at consistent times daily.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

Here are treatment options that you may consider to address sleep apnea. Your doctor may recommend one or a combination of treatments to get back your regular breathing as you sleep.

  • A surgery can be performed to remove tonsils and adenoid, make the soft palate stiff, or to tighten tissues in the palate or throat.
  • Your doctor may also recommend using a mandibular advancement device to keep your lower jaw in a forward position as you sleep. This will prevent your tongue from obstructing airflow in your mouth.
  • You may also discuss the use of continuous positive airway pressure. This involves wearing a mask that helps push air into passageways.

Treating Sleep Apnea in Mississauga

Talk to an expert if you feel you’re experiencing sleep apnea. You may also book an appointment at the dental office for a custom sleep apnea or snoring device. To learn more, please contact our dental team at 905-822-4198. We’re here to help.

Sleep Apnea

  • If you were watering the lawn with a garden hose and someone stepped on the hose, the water flow drops or stops

  • If you think of your air passage as a hose, your tongue, excess body fat, large neck muscles, your soft palate and the uvula can act the same as a foot on the garden hose

  • Airflow to the lungs is restricted or blocked

How do you find out if you have snoring and sleep apnea?

  • Significant other or family members maybe able to tell you about your snoring.

  • Only accurate way is to be tested

    • Sleep clinic

    • Home test

  • What sleep test can tell you

    • Blood oxygenation

      • Should never go below 90%

      • Should not drop more than 3%

    • Snoring level

      • Lower than a freight train

    • Pulse rate

      • Should not race

    • Sleep position

    • Apnea events

    • Arousal from sleep pattern

    What a sleep test can tell you

    • How much sleep

      • 6 to 7 hours is all you need to be rested

    • Sleep stages

      • Stage 1: nodding off

      • Stage 2: regular sleep

      • Stage 3: rejuvenating sleep

        • Not enough  and you wake up tired

      • REM (rapid eye movement)

        • You need it to live

    Sleep apnea takes you out of normal sleep patterns

    Helping your snoring with lifestyle changes

    • Lose weight and improve eating habits

    • Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills and antihistamines before you go to bed

    • Avoid alcohol and heavy meals or snacks at least 4 hours before you go to bed

    • Establish regular sleeping habits

    • None of this will correct structural problems you may have

Snoring and sleep apnea treatment options

  • Surgery

    • Tonsils and adenoid removal

    • Soft palate implants to stiffen the soft palate

    • UPPP- uvulopalatopharyngoplasty tightens and restructures the flabby tissues in the throat and palate

  • MAD – mandibular advancement device that holds the lower jaw forward during sleep to keep the tongue from causing constricture of the airflow

  • Example: somnomed appliance

  • CPAP – continuous positive airway pressure is a mask that fits over your nose and/or mouth and pushes air into your airway

  • A combination of the different treatments

    • You may need more than one of the options to ensure breathing at night

How do you get started?

  • You take a home or institute sleep test

  • We take impressions of your upper and lower teeth

  • We capture a snapshot of how your upper and lower teeth should meet in order to help your breathing

  • We measure how wide you can open your mouth

For more information about sleep apnea and snoring contact our dental team and dentists in Mississauga at 905-822-4198.