Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Treat your Sleep Apnea at Wyndham Dental Solutions

Have you ever slept a whole night and yet, felt fatigued and under slept upon waking up? Has your partner ever heard you snore while you sleep, or notice you making unusual sounds while breathing during your sleep?

Sleep Apnea | Why is snoring affecting my sleep?

Snoring while sleeping can occur when the tissues in your throat relax and fall back upon each other, even your tongue, while you lie on your back when sleeping and vibrate with each breath, creating the deep snoring rumbling sound. Sometimes the throat can even get fully blocked for a few seconds before your unconscious brain wakes you up momentarily due to its sudden drop in oxygen levels, in order for you to start breathing again while you are asleep! This condition characterizes sleep apnea.
Naturally, if this has been happening regularly throughout the night, your body will suffer an overall lack of rejuvenation necessary for when you are sleeping, as your breathing was disturbed the entire night leading to an overall lack of oxygen supplied to your tired body’s tissues to heal.
Sometimes, your snoring can get so loud that your partner could wake up due to the disturbance or even your own ears hear your snores, waking you up from your much-needed REM sleep! If this happens multiple times through the night, you need to come see us!
This is why we at Wyndham Dental Solutions care about your sleep and breathing, and will help you get to the bottom of your snoring problems!

Sleep Apnea | What are the side effects if I snore?

If you are undergoing chronic sleep deprivation because of your sleep apnea, it can lead to many negative effects on your body, mind and health along with your daily life, some of which are:

  • Day-time fatigue and sleepiness
  • Reduced concentration
  • Lack of agility
  • Slower memory and recall
  • Irritability
  • Negative moods
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Poor cardiovascular health
  • Diabetes Mellitus

Nevertheless, all these have harmful effects on your quality of life, your work and inter-personal relationships. These negative effects make treating sleep apnea absolutely crucial for us, and we want to help you live a healthy, happy life!

 

Sleep Apnea | Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three major types of sleep apnea, which are:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This is the most common type of sleep apnea where the tongue rolls back or the throat gets narrowed and blocked, obstructing the passage of air while you are breathing and causing the snoring sounds to form.

Central Sleep Apnea

This type of sleep apnea involves the brain, where it fails to detect the lack of function in the breathing muscles signaling the body to breath normally. Snoring does not characterize this type of sleep apnea.

Complex Sleep Apnea

In this type of sleep apnea, you can suffer a combined form of both, obstructive and central sleep apnea.

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Sleep Apnea | How can I treat my Sleep Apnea?

There are multiple self-therapies one can try to avoid sleep apnea from getting worse and to avoid snoring, visiting a specialist is always advised. Some self-treatment therapies may include:

  • Weight management
  • Cutting down smoking
  • Avoiding late-night eating and caffeine
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Avoiding sleep medications
  • Sleeping early and regularly
  • Physical exercises
  • Breathing exercises
  • Throat exercises
  • Using a nasal decongestant before sleeping
  • Use a pillow to support your head higher while you sleep

 

When it comes to professional help, that’s where we step in to help you control that snoring!
There are several devices that your sleep specialist can provide you with, such as the CPAP machine for obstructive sleep apnea. This device, the Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure machine, ensures that you have a continuous flow of air throughout the night when you sleep. There are other devices of more complex natures that can be used once you have seen a specialist.
Other options for treating sleep apnea and to avoid snoring include:

  • Oral devices
  • Implants for breathing
  • Surgery

 

Oral Devices

We at Wyndham Dental Solutions create customized Oral Devices such as the

  • Mandibular advancement device, which involves wearing an appliance within the mouth that replicates a mouth guard and holds the position of the lower jaw slightly forward while you lay back and sleep, preventing it from falling back and obstructing the air passage.
  • Tongue retaining device, which holds the tongue and prevents it from rolling back into your throat while you sleep.

Sleep apnea induced by snoring is a serious health concern that should be addressed the moment you or your partner realize that you have been suffering any of its symptoms, even if it is as simple as day-time fatigue.
Quality sleep means good quality life, and our team is here to help you understand your problem and get the help and treatment that you need to sleep and live better!

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