Snoring Dental Treatment in Hamilton
Let’s face it … some of us are loud snorers. It’s inevitable. But there are times where it can begin to negatively affect your relationship and your health. Luckily, thanks to the advancement in dentistry, there is a solution. At Hamilton Mountain Dental Clinic, we can assist you in helping you get a night of better sleep.
Why Does Snoring Happen?
We certainly all know what snoring sounds like, but why does it happen?
The snoring sound is the throat vibrating as air tries to push through the constricted airway. Someone will begin to snore when their airway becomes blocked and not enough air can travel to the lungs. A large number of adults snore, but for some, it’s a chronic occurrence that leads them to wake up feeling as though they’re choking. Snoring is often associated with sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that millions of Canadians suffer from each year. In order to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, a patient must typically undergo a sleep study where they’ll be hooked up to monitors that track breathing, brain activity, oxygen levels, etc.
This type of test will either be done in a clinic or in your own home. The information your doctor gathers will determine the course of action that will best treat your symptoms. Patients with an overbite, enlarged tonsils or nasal problems are more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea.
What Are Snoring Devices? Aren’t They Uncomfortable?
At Hamilton Mountain, we help patients with sleep apnea by creating custom-made snoring devices that help to open up your airways and reposition your jaw. Since guards are custom-made, they comfortably fit your upper and lower jaw and connect to an oral device (BPAP or CPAP).
A lot of people see a CPAP appliance and immediately think it’s not comfortable to wear as you sleep, but it’s quite the opposite!
We specifically fit them for your mouth and although they may have straps for your forehead and cheeks, it won’t take long to get used to adjusting to how it feels at night. An oxygen mask that doesn’t fit properly will certainly feel uncomfortable and not help you the way they’re supposed to.
Signs Of Sleep Apnea
Both children and adults can suffer from sleep apnea and if left untreated, it can actually lead to more serious complications like heart disease, diabetes, and increase the chance of stroke and heart attack in adults. Depending on your age, symptoms can vary.
Certain signs you may be suffering from sleep apnea (other than your partner complaining about your snoring) can include things like:
- You wake up feeling like you’re choking/have shortness of breath
- You wake up with a sore or dry throat
- You wake up with a headache often
- You have insomnia-like symptoms and can’t sleep
- You have a short attention span during the day/find it hard to concentrate
- Breathing through their mouth
- Wetting the bed frequently
- Sleepy throughout the day
- Pauses in breathing
- Waking up coughing or choking
It’s Not Just About Your Teeth. It’s About You Too.
Let us help you take control of your oral health again with our dental technology. Improving patient experience is very important to us as well as keeping every patient well-informed throughout any procedure. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.