Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Is my snoring a problem?
Sure, the raspy noise of snoring is an annoying and inconvenient habit – but did you know that your snore can be more than just a roar? It is estimated that over 50% of adult males and 30% of adult females may be affected by snoring. Snoring usually occurs when your airway constricts, causing air to be inhaled at an increased speed and pressure, making the soft tissues in the back of your mouth vibrate and produce that loud, annoying sound. Heavy, loud snoring can be a sign of a more serious health problem called sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes your breathing to stop repeatedly while you sleep. These breathing pauses or "apneas" usually last 10 to 30 seconds and can happen many times throughout the night. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which happens when your upper airway gets blocked during sleep. Often, the blockage happens when the soft tissue in the back of your mouth collapses and closes during sleep. Relaxed throat muscles, a narrow airway, a large tongue or extra fatty tissue in the throat can also block your airway. Untreated sleep apnea is serious – it increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It also contributes to learning and memory problems, poor job performance, depression and a higher risk for car crashes and accidents.
Am I at risk?
If your snoring is followed by silent pauses and daytime sleepiness you might have sleep apnea. You may feel very tired and sleepy during the day because your sleep is disrupted throughout the night. You may even fall asleep at the wrong times, for example while at work or while driving. Sleep apnea is common and affects men, women and children of all ages, with many people not even realizing they have it.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Choking or Stopping Breathing during Sleep
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Waking up Tired or Thirsty
- Limbs Jerk during Sleep
- Lack of Concentration
- Heavy, Loud Snoring
- High Blood Pressure
- Morning Headaches
The soft structure of the throat vibrates as air is forced through a narrow airway, which produces the snoring sound.
The soft structure completely obstructs the airway. The patient stops breathing for more than 10 seconds and sometimes this can happen over 30 times per hour.
The dental appliance moves and maintains the lower jaw in a forward position. Air can flow normally.
When you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are often told to practice good sleep hygiene, lose weight and exercise. You are also typically directed to medical and dental treatments, including:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: CPAP Therapy generally requires you to wear a mask or nasal prongs over the nose and/or mouth, which are connected to an air pump. Although CPAP Therapy is the commonly prescribed option, many patients find it awkward, inconvenient and even claustrophobic.
Oral Appliance Therapy: Oral appliances are similar to mouthguards in appearance. They reposition your lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and/or uvula so they sit slightly forward, in comfort. This opens the constricted airway. Oral appliances can be used alone or with other OSA treatment options. They are non-invasive and most, like The SUAD and Somnodent Device, are custom-fitted. Most patients and practitioners prefer Oral Appliance Therapy for its comfort, convenience and effectiveness.
Surgery: Surgery, also known as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, is the least prescribed treatment option. Depending on your condition, a specialist may find it necessary to surgically advance the jaw or remove excess tissues in the throat, such as tonsils and adenoids, the uvula or parts of the soft palate. Surgery is recommended when other options fail. A major drawback is its invasiveness; once surgery has been performed, its results cannot be reversed.
What are the SUAD and SomnoDent Dental Appliance?
The SUAD and SomnoDent dental appliances are premium dental sleep appliances developed for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is an effective, comfortable, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery. By simply wearing either one of these appliances while sleeping, your lower jaw (mandible) will be moved forward into a comfortable position, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of your throat and ensuring the base of your tongue does not collapse and block your airway, giving you a safe and soundless sleep.
Features and Benefits of the Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances
Non Restrictive in Movement: They allow for vertical and lateral mobility, allowing you to fully open your mouth, yawn, drink, take oral medication, and even speak clearly – without removing the appliance!
Highly Adaptable: If you have missing teeth, teeth that aren’t in correct position, crowns, bridge work, or even wear a full upper denture, These appliances can be adapted to fit your mouth structure. Note: If you are missing all of your lower teeth, you will not be a suitable candidate for the device
Combination Use: They can conveniently be used as a companion to your CPAP, allowing simpler mask fitting, reduced CPAP pressure, and a compact alternative for travelling.
Preferred: These appliancesare ones that are favoured by many practitioners and patients throughout North America.
Enduring Durability: These appliances are the only appliance continuing to offer a two-year limited warranty
Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance vs CPAP Machine
Oral Dental Sleep Apnea Appliance
- Quiet - no machine noises
- Small, discrete, and convenient for travelling
- No hose attachments to get tangled in
- Speak, drink, take oral medication while wearing
- Unlimited sleep positions
- Requires headgear and / or mask
- Available in standard sizes
- Requires electricity
- Must be disconnected to get out of bed