You may not think that your sleep quality and oral health are related. But since your dentist examines your whole mouth, they’re often the first ones to spot the signs of a sleeping disorder. During a check-up, your dentist can identify and diagnose conditions such as sleep apnea.
At our Winnipeg dental centre, we provide dental appliances that improve your sleep quality and reduce the health risks associated with these conditions.
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by periods of interrupted breathing while asleep. Those with this condition tend to snore at night due to obstructions in the throat and nasal passage. A few common symptoms include:
If you suffer from sleep apnea, the side effects can be dangerous—complications can even lead to death.
Sleep apnea will not go away on its own. An effective intervention is to use dental appliances that promote proper breathing and positioning of the mouth. Benefits of these services include:
One of the most common sleep apnea devices is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device. To use this appliance, patients wear a mask that’s connected to an oxygen machine. The machine sends oxygen through the patient’s mouth and nose; due to the pressure, it pushes past any obstructions in their airways.
In other cases, mouthguards can be beneficial for those with snoring and sleep apnea disorders. These dental appliances will reposition the jaw to allow for better airflow. For some patients, a splint can be used to properly position the tongue during sleep.
Sleep apnea devices can protect you from the dangerous side effects associated with this disorder. Depending on the type of sleep apnea that you have, different devices will be more effective. Our dentists can diagnose your issue and determine which treatment option will work best for you.
Are you concerned that you may be suffering from sleep apnea? Our dentists can meet with you to evaluate the condition of your mouth and look for symptoms of this disorder. When necessary, we can recommend sleep apnea devices that will help.
Our dentists can help you restore your sleep quality. To discuss snoring and sleep apnea treatment, contact Affinity Dental today.