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Do people around you often point out that you snore? Does snoring affect the quality of your sleep or bother those around you? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consult Dr. Emmanuelle Seica, your dentist in Blainville.
Snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, a problem that should not be taken lightly because of the many consequences it can have on a person’s general health and quality of life.
What is obstructive sleep apnea ?
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a relaxation of the pharynx muscles during sleep. This causes a blockage of the airway and a decrease in the body’s oxygen supply. It is these pauses in breathing that give the condition the name “sleep apnea”. The lack of oxygen will cause an increase in heart rate, which in the long run can lead to cardiovascular problems. That’s why it’s important to diagnose sleep apnea in order to get the necessary treatment.
Sleep apnea often manifests itself as snoring, with pauses in breathing followed by specific noises as the person tries to catch their breath. At this point, the person will often wake up. This can happen dozens of times a night and lead to a decrease in the quality of sleep as well as the associated consequences: irritability, excessive fatigue, headaches upon awakening, daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and decreased libido.
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How does the anti-snoring
device work ?
The anti-snoring device is worn during sleep to treat excessive snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. It is designed to keep the airway unobstructed on a continuous basis by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This device, which is also called a mandibular advancement orthosis, tightens the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway. This prevents obstructive apnea during sleep, as well as snoring.
With anti-snoring appliances, 91% of patients have experienced an improvement in the quality of their sleep. Before the braces are made, you must first have a consultation with a pulmonologist to ensure that you are a good candidate for this snoring treatment. The consultation with this health specialist is free. At your dental appointment, Dr. Seica can provide you with a prescription for this consultation.
Risk factors for sleep apnea and
the benefits of
wearing the anti-snoring device
People with the following conditions are at higher risk of developing sleep apnea :
- Hypertension ;
- Diabetes ;
- Cardiovascular illnesses;
- Obesity or overweight .
Computer-designed and custom-made, mandibular advancement orthotics have many advantages, including allowing :
- Eliminate snoring, with an efficiency of 95% ;
- Improve sleep, quality of life, energy when waking up ;
- Prevent the aggravation of snoring and the development of certain diseases ;
- To protect the quality of life of the person and his/her spouse for a better life as a couple.