It is estimated that more than 90 million North Americans snore; some estimates have it as high as 120 million people in the United States snore every night. Snoring not only interrupts your sleep cycle but the struggle to breath can lead to health problems.
As we sleep muscles and the soft tissues in the throat relax constricting the airway. The restricted airway increases the velocity of airflow as we breathe, which causes the soft tissues to vibrate. These vibrations result in noising breathing or snoring.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where the sufferer has abnormal pauses in breathing or abnormally low breathing during sleep. Different forms of sleep apnea exist and can be diagnosed with a polysomnogram or “sleep study”. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway is physically closed off due to the soft tissues at the back of the throat. This airway blockage can reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and body. Obstructive sleep apnea is linked to health risks like high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disorder, diabetes and depression. It is important that you see a physician or a sleep disorder specialist if you suspect a sleep apnea.
To combat obstructive sleep apnea we offer oral appliance therapy. Several different oral appliances exist and based on your case and personal preference we will recommend and fit you for a custom oral appliance. Please call the office for further details and a consultation.