Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Treat Sleep Disorders in Cornwall, ON
Do you wake up in the morning and feel like you haven’t slept at all or slept rather poorly?
Do you find you are feeling woozy or forgetful or just not very sharp throughout the day?
Is your sleeping partner complaining that you are making a lot of noise, either snoring or sounding like you are gagging or choking while you sleep?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may have one of the sleep disorders called sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when a person ceases breathing during the night for short periods of time and these gaps in breathing can happen sometimes hundreds of times. These lapses in breathing are called apneas — meaning absence of breath. An obstructive apnea episode is defined as the absence of airflow for at least 10 seconds. Sleep disorders like this can be quite serious — not breathing for 10 seconds or more, over and over throughout your sleep.
Some symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS | If you have sleep apnea, you may notice that after sleeping at night, you do not feel rested. During the day, if you sit for too long, you find yourself wanting to fall asleep or actually falling asleep.
- IRRITABILITY OR EMOTIONAL OR MENTAL PROBLEMS | You may find yourself feeling easily irritated, forgetful, unable to concentrate or other issues that are directly related to a lack of sleep due to sleep disorders.
- SNORING | It’s hard to tell you are snoring because presumably you are asleep. But sleeping partners or other people sleeping in the house with you are probably reporting you are snoring. Though a variety of sleep disorders can cause snoring, there is a particular type of snoring that is typical with sleep apnea, usually accompanied by choking or gasping sounds.
Treating Sleep Apnea
We offer devices in Cornwall ON near Long Sault that can help sleep apnea sufferers, especially if they sleep on their backs or stomachs.
The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is the most widely used device to treat sleep disorders like sleep apnea. It is similar in appearance to a sports mouthguard. MAD forces the lower jaw forward and down slightly, which keeps the airway open.
Patients fitted with one of these devices should have a check-up early on to see if it is working; short-term success usually predicts long-term benefits. It may need to be adjusted or replaced periodically.
Benefits of Dental Devices for Sleep Disorders
Dental devices offer the following benefits to our patients with sleep disorders:
- Significant reduction in apneas for those with mild-to-moderate apnea, particularly if patients sleep either on their backs or stomachs. They do not work as well if patients lie on their side. The devices may also improve airflow for some patients with severe apnea.
- Improvement in sleep in many patients.
- Improvement and reduction in the frequency of snoring and loudness of snoring in most patients.
- Higher compliance rates than with CPAP.
Contact our office in Cornwall ON, near Morrisburg, to schedule an appointment today. Sleep disorders can negatively affect you and those you love, especially if you suffer from sleep apnea.
Don’t let another night go by without contacting Cornwall Dental Arts for a consultation. We serve patients from Cornwall, Morrisburg, and Ingleside ON and surrounding communities!