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Almost all of us know someone who snores or someone who has difficulty breathing while sleeping. Snoring can disrupt sleep, resulting in a host of health consequences. Lack of oxygen to the brain from difficulty breathing while sleeping, which can result from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), can shorten your lifespan and be prevented. Odeon Dental is here to help with a simple mouth appliance that brings the lower jaw forward, opening up the airway while sleeping.

If you suffer from poor sleep, find yourself frequently tired throughout the day, or have been told that you snore, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be the cause.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition that affects your breathing during sleep. Sufferers periodically stop breathing properly (or sometimes all together) during the night, making it a serious and potentially dangerous condition because of danger in the form of oxygen deprivation. Significant problems can result from the oxygen deprivation of sleep apnea, including heart disease, high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, and learning/memory problems.

While not all snores have sleep apnea, snoring may be a potential indicator that your airways are partially or completely blocked while you sleep and that you, therefore, have sleep apnea.

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Sleep Apnea and Snoring | SW Calgary Dentist | Marda Loop | Odeon Dental

Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea?

  • Snoring is loud, unwanted noise (sound) associated with breathing during sleep.
  • Sleep apnea is a cessation of breathing for ten seconds or longer during sleep. A person with sleep apnea usually awakens hundreds of times during the night but usually does not remember the awakenings.
  • To properly differentiate primary snoring (simple snoring) from sleep apnea and sleep apnea related snoring, either asleep diagnostic test must be done at home (i.e. unattended recording) or in the sleep laboratory (attended recording).
  • Once a proper diagnosis is made, a snoring treatment solution can be implemented.

Common CAUSES of sleep apnea include:

  • Large tonsils or adenoids or other anatomical differences
  • The shape of the head and neck may create a smaller than normal airway
  • Being overweight or obese (although many people with obstructive sleep apnea are not obese)
  • Throat muscles and tongue relax more than normal during sleep
  • Snoring – Snoring can cause the soft palate to become inflamed and swollen, which in turn can obstruct the airway
  • Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Nasal congestion, nasal blockages, and nasal irritants
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Other physical conditions, disorders, and syndromes
The EFFECTS of SLEEP DEPRIVATION resulting from sleep apnea include:
  • Severely reduced cognitive performance
  • Increased risk for vehicular and industrial accidents
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Reduced immune system responsiveness
  • Decreased productivity
  • Slower reaction time
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The EFFECTS of OXYGEN DEPRIVATION resulting from sleep apnea include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Learning/memory problems
Research has linked snoring to the following:
  • Hypertension
  • Premature Death
  • Type II Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Marital discord and sleep deprivation for both snorer and bed partner

Treatment for Snoring & Sleep Apnea

As general dentists, we often see the associated physical symptoms of OSA, like wear on teeth from clenching and grinding, as well as the effects on the tissue in the mouth. Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most recommended treatment for patients with chronic OSA, compliance levels have been shown to be quite low. This is because the CPAP machine can be cumbersome to travel with, bulky, noisy, and uncomfortable to wear. At Odeon Dental, we offer an alternative to the CPAP.

What are Dental Snoring Appliances and OSA Appliances?

In many cases snoring and OSA can be treated with an oral appliance that fits snugly over your teeth while you sleep. The appliance helps move your tongue and jaws into the correct position to keep your airways open through the night.

Similar to night guards, oral appliances to treat OSA and snoring are small custom plastic devices worn at night while you sleep, that fit in your mouth and reposition the lower jaw by bringing it forward and/or by lifting your soft palate, to open the airway and prevent the tongue and soft tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway while sleeping.

Key Features of a Snoring/OSA Appliance:
  • Custom-designed to fit your mouth
  • Easy to wear
  • Small
  • Convenient to carry when traveling
  • Much more comfortable to wear than the heavy and cumbersome CPAP machine.

An Odeon Dental Snoring/OSA Appliance is simple and less cumbersome than a machine, allowing you to sleep comfortably without the disruption of snoring!

If you think that you or someone you care about may be suffering from sleep apnea or the effects of simple snoring, please contact Odeon Dental and we will be pleased to discuss treatment options with you!

Contact our office today to see whether oral appliance therapy is an option for you!

We invite you to call Odeon Dental at (403) 764-6510 to set up a Sleep Apnea & Snoring consultation appointment today!

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