Our Pickering dentists offer diagnoses and treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, which may include using an oral device at home while you sleep.
When you fall into deep sleep, your tongue, soft palate and throat tissues fall into a relaxed state. For those who snore, the relaxation of these throat tissues causes the airways to restrict, vibrating and rumbling them as oxygen is forced past.
Sleep apnea is when these tissues over-relax and collapse into the back of the throat, obstructing your airway. When the flow of oxygen stops, the brain is forced to wake up and consciously resume breathing.
By pushing your tongue forward to open your airway, these oral devices improve the flow of your breath. There is a variety of oral sleep apnea devices and snore guards so be sure to work with your dentist to choose the right one for you. Regular visits to your dentist will help ensure your device is fitting comfortable and working properly.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have sleep apnea: