Do you or your partner snore excessively? Snoring won’t only disrupt your sleep cycle, but it can affect your health and even trigger relationships to suffer. Nearly a quarter of Canadian adults snore regularly, and half of Canadians population snore occasionally.
Since snoring is a very common nuisance, many people don’t consider it a big deal or are aware of the potential health risks. Snoring is a significant sign that you may be suffering from a condition called sleep apnea, which is debilitating and exhausting if left untreated.
Sleep apnea occurs when there’s a temporary blockage in the airway. This occurs on a regular basis throughout the night when the sufferer is trying to sleep. Every time the blockage occurs, the person wakes up, and their breathing pattern is restored. Once they fall asleep again, the cycle repeats itself and can happen for more than 30 times a night within every hour.
The main objective of any snoring or sleep apnea treatment, like a continuous airway pressure device (CPAP), is to keep the airways open, so a more habitual sleep pattern is enjoyed. The CPAP has been around for quite some time. It’s a mask that fits over the mouth and nose and connects to a number of pipes that administer proper airflow through the lungs.
Despite its proven effectiveness, only a quarter of sleep apnea sufferers continue using this method because of the discomfort, noise, and inconvenience they experience when wearing it. Ontario’s sleep dentist, Dr. Ralhan, wants you to discover a more comfortable and less invasive treatment option– an oral appliance.
At Ralhan Dentistry, we use an oral appliance, also known as a mandibular advancement device, to relieve snoring and sleep apnea. In appearance, this device resembles a sports mouth guard. It works by gently repositioning the lower jaw, moving it down and slightly forward. This will allow your airway to remain open throughout the night and eliminates the risk of an interrupted breath.
One custom-made dental appliance we offer is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP). This mouthguard allows our patients to adjust the device while using it. Many of our Burlington and Oakville patients have found it to be satisfying relief for their sleep.
Additionally, we also offer a tongue-retraining device (TRD) to correct sleep apnea and sometimes snoring. This device will effectively hold your tongue in the correct position while you sleep, helping you breathe regularly without any obstruction.
Visit one of our locations in Ontario to speak with Dr. Ralhan about your snoring and potential sleep apnea. In Oakville and Burlington, we’re helping patients alleviate the disturbance of their snoring with effective oral appliance device. Schedule your appointment today. Improve your sleep and enhance the quality of your life at Ralhan Dentistry.