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Snoring and Apnea Appliances

snoring and sleep apneaWe're here to help with any snoring and sleep apnea issues you might be having! Read on to learn about snoring and sleep apnea, and how we can help.

Snoring is the partial obstruction of your airway caused by muscle relaxation as you sleep. It can create stress and embarrassment at home as spouse or family members find their sleep disrupted. As many as 60% or men and 40% of women may snore as they reach middle age, some so severely that they end up sleeping alone.

Snoring not only affects your relationships, it may affect your health. When partial obstruction becomes complete, a pattern of recurring sleep apnea or no breathing forces you to wake up to breathe, in some cases as often as 60-80 times an hour. People with sleep apnea may be more prone to driving and workplace accidents as they are sleep deprived, and may be more prone to medical problems such as heart attacks.

Treatments for Snoring and Apnea

1. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAC)

The most common first response by the medical profession is a facemask and air pump that you wear at night. The air pressure forces air past the obstruction and into your lungs. Many find the appliances annoying and invasive , and even with OHIP, the ongoing costs can be considerable. People with severe apnea should be using this approach.

2. Surgery

Laser or conventional surgery reduces the back of the soft palate

3. Dental Snoring Appliances

Snoring and sleep apnea can be reduced or eliminated with a dental appliance if you have an adequate number of teeth remaining to hold an appliance .The appliance is designed to keep your jaw and tongue from relaxing back against your throat and closing off your air supply.

Dental Appliances for snoring and sleep apnea are now recognized as a treatment of choice for moderate sleep apnea. This approach is quieter and less intrusive than a CPAC machine.

Contact us to ask how we can help you and find a style of appliance that may work for you.

For more information about this condition and  treatments check out this website www.tapintosleep.com