Do you have abnormally low breathing while asleep? Does your breathing even stop for a few seconds? If so, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects your cardiovascular system—and for some people, this condition causes significant health problems later on. At Glenmore Family Dental, we can provide snoring or sleep apnea appliances. We do not diagnose or prescribe sleep apnea devices ourselves, but we can recommend you to physicians who can and then supply the device you have been prescribed.
One sign of sleep apnea is snoring. Snoring by itself doesn't do anything to your health; in fact, most people who suffer from snoring do not have sleep apnea.
Some additional symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea can even affect you while you’re awake, causing the following problems:
If you experience these problems and think you may have sleep apnea, our Calgary office offers several treatments and solutions for you to choose from once you have been properly diagnosed by a physician.
After a consultation and evaluation by your physician, we will help you determine the type of treatment you need. You can select treatments such as oral appliance, surgery, or CPAP at our Calgary office.
A Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) is an appliance that treats sleep apnea and snoring by holding the tongue and jaws in their optimum position for sleeping. It prevents the collapsing of the airway, keeping breathing relaxed and normal. Worn when sleeping, it fits snugly on the teeth so there is no risk of displacing the device.
Once you have been prescribed a sleep apnea device by your physician, Dr. Martin will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth and may use X-rays to confirm your oral health status. Dental impressions are then required to fabricate the customized appliance. We will then show you how to insert and remove it yourself as well as clean and care for it.
Advantages of the MAS:
Find additional information on sleep apnea and how you can get help by visiting the Alberta Lung Association website.
You only need surgery if you have a severe case of sleep apnea. The surgery can help remove excess tissue that blocks the airway and makes it difficult for you to breathe.
Another option for treating sleep apnea is a CPAP device. This treatment involves the use of an air compressor and mask. Together, these send air through the nose during sleep.
For more information about treatment for snoring or sleep apnea, call 403-279-5171..