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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Devices

What are Snoring and Sleep Apnea Devices?

These dental appliances try and help treat snoring and sleep apnea symptoms by opening the airway and improving airflow while you sleep. Our Markham dentists can help to diagnose and treat these disorders and may suggest using an oral device while you sleep.

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How They Work

Snoring and sleep apnea devices both work to try and improve your airflow and help keep your breathing regular during sleep by pushing your tongue forward and out of the way.

This should prevent you from gasping and waking frequently during the night, helping you get a better night's rest.

There are several types of oral sleep devices available. Your dentist should help you determine the device for your specific needs.

Regular visits to your dentist can also confirm that it continues to fit properly for comfort and function.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

You may have sleep apnea if you experience any of the following:

  • Moments where you stop breathing while sleeping (someone else usually notices this)
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Frequent headaches
  • Having a dry mouth when you wake
  • Insomnia (difficulty staying asleep)
  • Hypersomnia (excessive exhaustion during the day)

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea may cause serious health complications, such as headaches, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even an increase in car accidents. Your dentist should determine if an oral device is right for you.

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