Sleep Apnea Treatment in Mississauga
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that can sometimes even be a life-threatening sleep disorder. It causes people to experience shallow breaths and occasional pauses in breathing through their sleep cycles. GD Orthodontics in Mississauga provides sleep apnea treatment options to help you have a good night’s sleep. Our orthodontists are experienced and qualified to correctly diagnose sleep apnea and suggest safe and effective treatments and oral appliances to help manage your condition.
Sleep apnea happens because of a blockage in the airway passage, which disrupts a person’s sleep pattern. A temporary pause of breathing or apnea sometimes wakes the person, but they soon resume sleep in a few seconds. If left untreated, people with sleep apnea usually wake up tired and lethargic. Over time, it can severely affect the person’s mental and physical health. Book a consultation at our clinic in Mississauga, and feel free to call us to know how we can help your sleep apnea.
Methods of Treating Sleep Apnea
Our orthodontists will work closely with you to ensure our suggestions and solutions work, improving your symptoms and reducing or eliminating your apneas. We offer various treatment options depending on the type of sleep apnea you are suffering from. For moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea, the standard methods to treat sleep apnea are:
A mandibular advancement device, also called a dental sleep device, looks like a mouthguard and pushes the lower jaw forward so that the jaw muscles collapse as the apneas tighten so they can’t fall. If depending on your teeth, mouth, jaw joints, and the severity of your condition, our dental experts determine you are a good candidate for mandibular advancement devices, and they will create a model of your teeth. This will be used to craft a perfectly fitting oral device. We recommend patients wear their devices while sleeping to relieve their sleep apnea symptoms.
Tongue-retaining devices, though less common, have shown to be effective for most mouth shapes and sizes. This oral appliance holds the patient’s tongue in a forward position, and as the tongue is attached to the lower jaw, this device helps to keep the airway open.
Apart from oral devices, we recommend practicing self-care, regular exercising, and avoiding alcohol, smoking and tranquillizers as additional beneficial methods of dealing with obstructive and central sleep apnea. You can also try sleeping on your side or abdomen instead of the back to manage your symptoms.
While you may find these devices uncomfortable initially, most patients adjust to them in 2 to 3 days. Browse our blog for more information on sleep apnea and how an orthodontist can help diagnose and manage your condition. Call us or book your free consultation with us right away. The team at GD Orthodontics is always happy to work with new patients in Mississauga and across the GTA!