Our Regina general dentists know that sleep is vital to your wellbeing. That's why we offer treatment for sleep disorders, like sleep apnea and snoring.
What is a Sleep Disorder?
Sleep disorders, like sleep apnea and snoring, disrupt your sleep and negatively impact your overall health. There are a variety of sleep disorder treatment options to help keep your breathing regular during sleep and prevent you from waking up frequently, so you can get a better night's rest.
Sleep apnea is when your tongue, soft palate and throat tissues over-relax, causing them to collapse into the back of the throat and obstruct your airway. When the flow of oxygen stops, the brain is forced to awaken to consciously resume breathing.
These mini-episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, which prevents you from falling into the deep, restorative sleep necessary to recharge your brain and body.
Signs & Symptoms
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have sleep apnea:
- Trouble focusing
- Heavy snoring
- Headaches & migraines
- Restless sleep
- TMJ symptoms
When you fall into deep sleep, your tongue, soft palate and throat tissues fall into a relaxed state. For those who snore, the relaxation of these throat tissues causes the airways to restrict, vibrating and rumbling them as oxygen is forced past. Narrower airways mean heavier snoring since more force is required to breathe.