Snoring may seem like a normal function of sleep, but excessive snoring can actually point to larger issues.
Is your snoring affecting your sleep or the sleep of your bed partner? The dental professionals at Alexandra Park Dental can help. Contact us now to discuss snoring reduction techniques that can help you get the quiet, restful sleep you need.
Snoring happens when the flow of air through your mouth and nose is blocked or restricted. There are several reasons why airflow may be interrupted, such as:
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, repeated breathing pauses occur, which can reduce your oxygen levels. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep.
Although there are different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea is by far the most common, with 1 in 4 Canadian adults at risk of developing the disorder.
Although not all chronic snorers have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is considered a major symptom. If excessive loud snoring is accompanied by the following, you may suffer from OSA:
Dentists can play an important role in detecting sleep apnea. Because of our extensive jaw, mouth, teeth, and tongue knowledge, we often assess patients for sleep apnea and, if appropriate, refer them back to their family doctor for further testing.
There is no cure for sleep apnea, but there are various ways patients can minimize their symptoms. Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, and losing weight, can help some patients. Training yourself to sleep on your side can also help alleviate symptoms for many people with sleep apnea.
For our patients that suffer from excessive snoring and OSA, SomnoDent dental appliances have proven extremely helpful.
Worn while you sleep, the appliance moves the lower jaw forward slightly so that when the tissues at the back of the throat and base of the tongue relax, they do not block your airway.
Pushing the lower jaw forward also helps expand the airway itself, reducing the number of breathing interruptions.
You can find our office on the SW corner of 50th St. and 48th Ave, right across the street from Leduc Cinemas. We share a parking lot with the cinema and have additional parking next to our office. For your convenience, we are pleased to offer extended hours that include evenings and select weekends.