Sleep apnea is a disorder that involves repeated breathing pauses as you sleep.
Every pause can last up to 30 seconds. Once you resume to normal breathing, you’ll wake up briefly, although you’ll no longer have recollection of this.
This cycle of sleep interruptions happens throughout the night. The most common form is called obstructive sleep apnea. Here, soft tissues located at the back of the throat fail to stay open. The upper airway then gets blocked.
In a survey funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2009, 858,900 or 3% of Canadian adults ages 18 and above shared they have sleep apnea, as advised by a health professional. Apart from that, over 1 in 4 or 26% of adults say they experience risk factors related to obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can leave your mouth feeling dry. Saliva production is naturally reduced during sleep and even exacerbated by dry mouth.
Lack in saliva can result to spread of germs in the mouth. The National Sleep Foundation says disturbed sleep may also be associated with bruxism or teeth grinding during sleep. Teeth grinding or clenching, on the other hand, can result to damaged tooth and heightened tooth sensitivity.
Overall, poor sleep quality can affect life quality. It may result to increased sleepiness during the day, poor focus and memory loss among others.
There’s a way you can protect your oral health, though. A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that treating sleep disorders can help relieve bruxism as well.
One effective way for treating sleep apnea and snoring is oral appliance therapy. Here, an oral appliance is custom made for you to help improve your sleep and protect both your dental and overall health.
You’ll need to wear the oral appliance during sleep. This device provides support to your jaw so that your upper airway remains open as you sleep.
The unobtrusive night time guard and snoring appliance easily fits into anyone’s lifestyle for many reasons.
At our Kitchener office, we help patients improve their oral health and sleep quality with a custom-made unobtrusive night time guard and snoring appliance.
We’ll take impressions of your teeth and review it for you. Once the oral appliance is ready, you can start using it. Let us know if you have questions about the procedure and we’ll be glad to help you.
With this simple oral device, you can enjoy better sleep. You can also protect your teeth. What our patients love most about this treatment is that it’s non-invasive, yet effective at the same time.
If you’re dealing with snoring or are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, please don’t hesitate to leave us a message. Let’s book your appointment at the dental office according to your availability.
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