You may not realize it, but as a dentist, Dr. Dan Hwang can help you get a better night’s sleep. Airway obstruction is a common obstacle to getting a full night’s rest and Dr. Hwang may be able to help you achieve a deep, calm rest every night.

Snoring

A whopping 67% of adults snore. If you snore, it can affect you, your bed partner and sometimes even your family’s sleep.

Snoring occurs when the tissue in the back of the roof of the mouth vibrates against the back of the throat. One or more of the following factors can cause snoring:

· Poor alignment of the jaw
· Blocked nasal passages
· Excess throat tissue buildup
· Long soft palate or uvula
· Weak throat muscles
· Sleeping on your back

Snoring may also indicate that you suffer from a bigger issue: sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the soft tissues at the back of the throat close off the airway and prevent airflow into the lungs, and in turn preventing enough oxygen from reaching the brain and the rest of the body. Could you suffer from sleep apnea? You might, if you have any of the symptoms below.

Sleep apnea symptoms

· Snoring
· Daytime drowsiness
· Not feeling refreshed upon waking
· Gasping
· Waking up suddenly and other sleep problems

Health implications of sleep apnea

· Obesity
· High blood pressure
· Hypertension
· Diabetes
· Enlarged heart
· Heart attack
· Stroke
· Premature death

Treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks are a typical treatment for sleep apnea. This mask gives a constant air pressure that helps prevent the airway passages from closing.

While CPAP masks are a tried-and-true method of treatment, it must be worn every night, so some patients find it uncomfortable or irritating for sleep. The CPAP mask though, is an excellent treatment option for severe sleep apnea.

If you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, you may wish to look into getting the less-invasive option of an oral appliance. An oral appliance would help to position your lower jaw and tongue and help reduce airway obstruction, by opening it up. Dr. Hwang can help you choose from a variety of oral appliances to help you find one that is adjustable, comfortable, durable and right for you.

Ottawa dentist Dr. Dan Hwang may be able to help with your snoring issue

If you find you’re not well rested or have been told you snore, contact Westboro Station Dental today at 613-728-8988 to schedule a consultation.