Sleep Apnea Appliances For A Healthy, Restful Sleep

Sleep apnea can be highly disruptive to your sleep schedule and poses significant risks to your health and safety. Luckily, dental appliances can help – and Heritage Dental can provide you with such appliances.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by obstructed airways that cause a person’s breathing to become irregular and interrupted while they rest. This leads to patients with the disorder to stop breathing altogether during some parts of the night, which can be highly dangerous if left unaddressed.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive: Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common and occurs when the airways become physically obstructed.
  • Central: Central sleep apnea is less common and is caused by faulty brain signals, rather than obstructions.
  • Mixed: Mixed sleep apnea can be one of the riskiest types, as it combines elements of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Snoring is the major indicator that a person may be suffering from sleep apnea. Other potential symptoms include exhaustion from lack of restful sleep, dry mouth from choking or gasping, night sweats, and headaches.

What is a dental appliance?

Dental appliances are used primarily to treat obstructive sleep apnea. They are placed in the mouth and fitted on the teeth in order to prevent the tongue from obstructing the airway during sleep.

How do dental appliances help sleep apnea?

Dental appliances for sleep apnea can result in a number of benefits, including improving a person’s ability to rest fully, improving mood, and reducing the occurrence of snoring.

Dental appliances are also a less costly solution to sleep apnea compared to larger equipment designed to keep the airways clear. At Heritage Dental, we can help you determine which treatment is best for you.

Heritage Dental services families in Carleton Place and the surrounding communities of Smiths Falls, Perth, and Almonte. For more information on Sleep Apnea appliances, contact us today to request an appointment!