Have you been told you snore loudly? Snoring is not only a nuisance to others, it can prevent you from achieving a deep level of restorative sleep and interfere with proper breathing. In addition, it is one of the most recognizable signs of sleep apnea, a condition marked by interruptions in your breathing during sleep. Calgary dentist Dr. Sahra Kanji evaluate and treat snoring episodes to help patients sleep more soundly and avoid the negative health effects of breathing trouble.
Effects of Snoring
Snoring can be a harmless subconscious action that may simply be intermittent, brought on by alcohol use, heavy meals before bed, and other superficial triggers. However, snoring can also indicate a serious health issue such as sleep apnea. Snoring in children is often due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
Heavy, frequent snoring can cause fatigue due to the sleep disruption and lack of oxygen to the brain. If snoring is indicative of apnea, you may be at increased risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
Unfortunately, sleep apnea and snoring are two widely ignored health problems. As a dental health provider, We are proud to offer his patients the additional services of sleep apnea and snoring treatment to promote total wellness.
Treatment for Snoring
Our first priority is to evaluate your snoring, determine a cause, and assess the impact snoring is having on your body. After your snoring consultation, Dr. Kanji will refer you to a local sleep specialist to ensure a proper diagnosis. Our Calgary dentistry team will use your sleep study results to choose a proper course of action. Depending on the results of your sleep study, there are a number of solutions that can be recommended to help you alleviate your snoring.
You may be able to correct the condition with simple lifestyle adjustments. Weight loss, trying a new sleeping position, avoiding alcohol, increasing exercise, and diet changes can help treat your sleep apnea and snoring naturally.
If these lifestyle adjustments do not provide you with the relief you are seeking, Dr. Kanji may recommend oral appliance therapy to treat your sleep apnea and snoring. Oral appliances work by repositioning the jaw during sleep to encourage easy flow of breath. Dr. Kanji use SomnoDent MAS and the Dorsal Appliance with their patients. After years of treating sleep apnea, they have found that these two appliances consistently provide very effective results.
SomnoDent Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS)
Worn over the teeth like a mouth guard, the SomnoDent MAS keeps your tongue in place while pushing your jaw forward to prevent airway blockage. The SomnoDent MAS has been highly effective in group research and may help decrease snoring in nearly 50% of patients.
This two-piece appliance works much like the SomnoDent MAS, stabilizing the soft tissues of the mouth and keeping the jaw comfortably in place to prevent breathing obstruction during sleep.