Sleep Apnea: How Your Dentist Can Help You?
Did you ever arise from your deep slumber and gasp for some air? Do you suffer from loud snoring that puts your partner out of sleep? Chances are that you may be suffering from the condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea This condition is common and can lead to breathing issues during the slumber. In these people, the soft tissues of their airways collapse, leading to a break or interruption in their breathing called apnea, while they are sleeping. Naturally, this cuts off the normal passage of oxygen and don’t let it reach to the lungs, which causes the brain to identify the situation as alarming and make the person wake up immediately, thereby disrupting the sleep several times in a night. OSA suffers often wake up from deep slumber and feel exhausted, which significantly impact their overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea can lead to other chronic diseases if left untreated for a long time. For instance, people suffering from OSA develop hypertension which can eventually lead to several ailments such as heart issues. In older people, the lack of oxygen in the brain can even lead to a stroke. Other conditions include the risk of developing diabetes, depression and bipolar disorders.
With all things considered, this health condition needs to be treated right from the start. Once the OSA is identified, there are several ways to approach the situation. One of the most popular and least invasive methods to manage the issues is the use of oral appliances. This is where our expert dentists can help you.
Why Visit the Dentist?
Patients who are diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA can benefit from the use of oral appliances which can help them sleep better without interruptions. There are several options such as “Mandibular advancement Orthosis” that can be used as mouthguards, and help pushing the jaw forward during sleep. The airway muscles remain intact and don’t collapse when people experience apneas. It will also keep the breathing normal. This specific positioning of the jaw will also cause the windpipe muscles to tighten, making them stronger over time. This, in turn, eliminates apneas in the long run.
Mandibular advancement Orthosis are custom made, can modify the spot in which the jaw sits. Before prescribing the device, our Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon will assess the teeth, oral cavity and facial joints. Dental samples are crafted before creating the oral appliance that fits into the mouth. A properly fitted device will reduce the symptoms for patients suffering from milder cases of obstructive sleep apnea with regular use. Our Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon may also suggest a Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery which is a surgical procedure that will help increase the volume of the airways at rest and during sleep.
The surgery is normally performed inside the mouth, which does not leave any visible scars outside. During the procedure, the patient’s jaws are repositioned and held together with titanium plates to stabilize the new position. In rare cases where the plates cause discomfort to the wearer, our Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon will recommend its removal after 6 months. While this procedure is considered invasive, 90% of the patients suffering from moderate to severe cases of OSA are completely cured through this procedure.
Our Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon may also suggest some dietary changes to limit the severity of the syndrome. Consult with our Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon at The Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC today to identify the best suited oral appliance or surgery to combat your OSA.