Do you snore? Did you know that snoring can be a precursor to obstructive sleep apnea? Snoring occurs when there is a partial obstruction to the flow of air through the mouth. Snoring reduces deep, quality restorative sleep. This results in extreme tiredness through the following day, which affects personal, intellectual and physical performance and negatively impacts quality of life.
Social and health consequences of snoring:
- Snoring is number three on the list of reasons for divorce in married couples (only infidelity and finances are blamed before snoring)
- Snoring is distressing for sleep partners
- Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on well-being and quality of life
- Snoring is an embarrassment when traveling with others
- Snorers experience tiredness, morning headaches, dry mouth, relationship difficulties, lower blood oxygen levels and other associated consequences
- New research has shown that loud snoring poses serious health risks
Thousands of Canadians have sleep apnea and don’t know it. Sleep apnea has been linked to heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke. Sleep apnea usually interrupts loud snoring with a period of silence in which no air passes into the lungs. In a given night, these apneic events can occur anywhere from 30-50 times.
If you have any of the following symptoms, we may be able to help:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring followed by silent pauses
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Irritability or mood changes
- Poor concentration or memory loss
- Lowered sex drive
- Falling asleep while driving
Oral Sleep Appliance Therapy
At Woodstream Dental, Dr. Michael Valenzano offers mandibular advancement splints/devices (MAS/MADs) that can be customized to fit the upper and lower arches and work by positioning the lower jaw (mandible) forward. These devices move the base of the tongue forward, opening the airway. MAS/MADs are used for the treatment of snoring and Sleep Apnea.