Sleep Apnea & Snoring Therapy in Toronto
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep problem which affects millions of people across the world, and people of all ages and from any ethnic group can fall victim to this awful condition. It’s very important to get sleep apnea treated as it not only makes people tired throughout the day, but it can also be the root cause of other issues including headaches, weight gain, impotency, cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, and high blood pressure. Snoring is also a byproduct of sleep apnea that interrupts not only the people who suffer from this condition, but also the sleep partners, and other residents of the home as well. There is good news for those who have to cope with sleep apnea though, as it has become a much-studied problem over the past few years, and treatment keeps improving as a result.
WHAT ARE OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA AND SNORING?
Surprisingly at night, the airway passage can be reduced for a few reasons such as a person having small jaws, their weight increased, having a big tongue, or a combination of these and other factors. When we sleep we need the equivalent amount of air that we do throughout the day, but if the airway has been reduced, to maintain a normal breath the air has to go in and out faster to accomplish that goal. The high speed of air vibrates the tissues in the throat, and that causes unwanted snoring to occur.
Even worse, a reduced airway can actually close either partially (hypopnea) or fully (apnea) which is entering dangerous territory. Quick awakening happens when the airway becomes enclosed, and a decrease in the blood’s oxygen also becomes a reality. The quantification of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is the number of hypopneas and apneas that occur per hour of sleep. Quality sleep is a key component to maintain and restore health, and once sleep gets interfered with on a regular basis it’s easy to comprehend how this affects energy and fatigue during the day, and how it impacts memory impairment as well.
THE BENEFITS OF ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY
Oral appliances are appliances that are worn each night when sleeping to help prevent the airway from collapsing – creating more space for air to flow properly. This solution realigns the tongue and/or obstructive apnea during the sleeping process to produce the desired effect of proper breathing to take place. This product is a clinically proven therapy to reduce snoring and to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. The convenient treatment is non-invasive is reversible as no surgical procedures are used. There are a few different types of oral appliances readily available, and dentists are able to make a determination as to which one is best for each individual’s needs. An oral appliance fit is done to make using the product comfortable, and the size of it is approximately the size of a mouth guard. A positive statistic to digest is that a whopping 92% of patients who wear oral appliances to sleep, either have greatly reduced snoring or it is eliminated altogether.
We help our patients improve their sleep apnea by making custom oral appliances to fit their mouths perfectly. If you suffer from sleep apnea we want to help improve your life, contact us today to learn exactly how.