There are quite a few different forms of treatment when it comes to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. Breathing is actually disrupted during sleep frequently and in short bursts. An “apnea” is a pause in breathing which lasts longer than about 10 seconds, hence the name.
Usually, sleep apnea happens because of the muscles in the back of the throat. These muscles fail to do their job and keep the airway open, and that can cause trouble with breathing. At Dorval Dental Clinic, we know that different treatments work for different people.
Believe it or not, there are more than 18 million Americans who struggle with this sleep disorder, which is why dentists have gotten involved. That’s 18 million American’s who could use our help. At least those in Dorval don’t have to worry.
There is no single cause able to be pinpointed. Instead, there are factors that can contribute and make you more likely to develop sleep apnea.
Having a large tongue, uvula, or tonsils, along with a small airway, can be one of those contributing factors. It is also possible that being overweight can affect your breathing along with being graced with a small jaw, overbite, or even a recessed chin. Hereditary influences are also possible, although the extent of this is not yet known. At Dorval Dental Clinic, we take all of this into account.
If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, it may be time to find treatment. CPAP machines are one of the most common forms of treatment for those who have sleep apnea, and CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure device. These are often quite effective as treatment.
It is also possible to be given dental appliances that can improve your breathing by rearranging your lower jaw or tongue. Surgery can also be used to remove extra tissue from your airway.
There are also a few lifestyle changes that are recommended to help with sleep apnea such as:
Call Dorval Dental Clinic today to see your options for sleep apnea treatment.