Sleep Apnea & Snoring
If you suffer from excessive snoring or mild sleep apnea, an oral device fitted by our team of Yorkville dentists might be the solution.
Sleep Apnea & Dental Devices
There are several causes of sleep apnea. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In these cases, the throat muscles relax during sleep, making the airway smaller and restricting airflow.
Loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Instances where you stop breathing while sleeping (someone else usually notices this)
- Gasping for air while sleeping
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Feeling excessively tired during the day (hypersomnia)
How do oral appliances work?
There are many different types of oral sleep apnea devices and snore guards, so it’s important to work with your dentist to select the right one for you.
Sleep apnea devices are designed to push your tongue up and your jaw forward, which can open the airway and may relieve your snoring and mild sleep apnea.
The fit of your device is key to its function and comfort, so you should see your dentist regularly to ensure the appliance continues to fit properly.