Jan 10, 2020
If you’re dealing restlessness or snoring, it may be the result of a dental problem or sleep apnea. In fact, frequent snoring could be a sign that you have obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where your throat muscles block your airway. You may be wondering how your oral health is involved in this. Your tongue and jaw are one of the throat muscles that can block your airway.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing and starts again. This can become a very severe problem if not looked at by a doctor. There are three forms of sleep apnea that you should be aware of:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Central sleep apnea
- Mixed sleep apnea
The most common of these is obstructive sleep apnea.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
In order to know for sure that you have sleep apnea, you need to pay attention to the signs and symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud, excessive snoring, sleepiness, headaches in the morning, a dry, sore throat and waking up with a choking sensation. If you experience any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately. He or she will refer you for a sleep study and possible split-night study.
How The Somnodent Can Treat Sleep Apnea
The Somnodent is an oral device that you wear as you sleep. It is often provided by a dentist. The goal of this device is to give people continuous open airway therapy (COAT). This is done by adjusting your lower jaw in order to add more space for your tongue. As a result, the soft tissue within your upper airway is tightened, effectively preventing snoring and apnea.
If you’re experiencing sleep apnea, a Yonge & 7 Dental office in Richmond Hill may be able to help. Contact us today to book an appointment or to learn more information about Sleep Apnea.