Snoring/Sleep Apnea

IS SNORING KEEPING YOU AWAKE?

Did you Know?
24% of men and 18% of women suffer from snoring.
60% of men and 40% of women over the age of 60 snore (female snoring increases after menopause).

Snoring occurs when the tongue falls to the back of the throat partially blocking the airway. Even though light snoring is not life threating it does affect the quality of sleep of your significant other.

If snoring is left untreated it can advance in obstructive sleep apnea, that’s when you should consult your doctor and request a sleep test. Snoring & sleep apnea treatment cannot only alleviate symptoms of disrupted sleep but also improve your overal health.

A CAA official stated that as much as 50,000 auto accidents happen in Canada as a result of sleepy drivers. Many of which suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

With Obstructive Sleep Apnea, muscles of the soft palate at the base of the tongue and the uvula (the small conical, fleshy tissue hanging from the palate) relax and sag, obstructing the airway, making breathing laboured and noisy snorting). Collapse of the airway walls blocks breathing entirely. When breathing periodically stops, a listener hears the snoring broken by pauses. As pressure to breath builds muscles of the diaphragm work harder. Sleep is then temporarily interrupted, sometimes only for seconds. This, in turn, activates throat muscles and “uncorks” the airway.

The effort is akin to slurping a drink through a straw that is stuck in a lump of ice cream. A listener hears deep gasping as breathing starts. With each gasp, the sleeper awakens, but so briefly and incompletely that he or she does not remember doing so in the morning. Someone with obstructive sleep apnea may stop breathing for ten seconds or more…dozens, even hundreds of times each night, thus resulting in daytime sleepiness.

Symptoms Of OSA

There are many symptoms that could indicate obstructive sleep apnea. These symptoms listed here are only a partial representation and should not be the only criteria used to diagnose OSA:

Clouded intellect
Short term memory impairment
Morning headaches
Generalized muscle pain
Irritability Mood swings
Impaired judgment
Decreased sex drive

Dr Bunt, at Whites Road Dental Care is highly trained in the screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr Bunt works closely with your family physician, sleep specialist, local sleep clinics and your medical insurance to for seamless management of your OSA. Mild to moderate sleep apnea and those patients who are CPAP intolerant have a high degree of success with Oral Appliance Therapy. It is worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. Dentists with training in dental appliance therapy can prescribe these special appliances to meet their patients individual situations and conditions.

Call today to book your screening appointment 613-392-4757