At Deer Valley Dental Care in South East (SE) Calgary, we can help you sleep and breathe better during sleep with dental appliances for snoring and sleep apnea.
We can customize a snoring appliance for you that you can wear to sleep. It works by realigning your lower jaw and preventing your soft palate from closing the throat. As a result, air gets to flow in and out more freely.
As you fall to a deep sleep, muscles in your mouth, tongue, and throat relax. Snoring occurs when tissues in your throat fall into a deeply relaxed state, blocking and preventing air from flowing freely. This causes vibration, which further increases as the airway gets narrower.
It’s difficult to diagnose sleep apnea as it occurs during sleep. But if you feel unrested in the morning despite getting long hours of sleep or experience excessive sleepiness throughout the day, these may be signs you’re suffering from this sleep disorder.
Seek assistance from your family or partner in observing whether you’re displaying the symptoms.
People with sleep apnea pause breathing for a few seconds to minutes during their sleep. Once they start breathing normally again, they fall back to deep sleep. This transition is often signaled by a choking like sound or snort. The process of going from shallow to deep sleep can occur several times a night.
Obstructive sleep apnea may keep you from enjoying quality sleep, or cause irritability and difficulty focusing.