Don’t feel bad, It’s more common than you think…

  • 45% snore occassionally

  • 25% habitually snore

  • More common in men

Problem is…

  • It effects your partner

  • You don’t get the quality of rejuvenating sleep

  • Increases hypertension and high blood pressure (enlargement of the heart)

  • Increases risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Increase risk of weight gain

  • It can affect job performance

  • Increase risk of traffic fatalities

Sleep apnea means you will leave this planet earlier than you should!

It is very real threat to your vitality and longevity.

What causes it?

Affected by:skull

  • Bulky throat tissue

  • Jaw developement and muscle tone

  • Blocked nasal passages

  • Long soft palate and uvula

  • Tonsils and adenoids

Sleep Apnea

  • If you were watering the lawn with a garden hose and someone stepped on the hose, the water flow drops or stops

  • If you think of your air passage as a hose, your tongue, excess body fat, large neck muscles, your soft palate and the uvula can act the same as a foot on the garden hose

  • Airflow to the lungs is restricted or blocked

How do you find out if you have snoring and sleep apnea?

  • Significant other or family members maybe able to tell you about your snoring.

  • Only accurate way is to be tested

    • Sleep clinic

    • Home test

  • What sleep test can tell you

    • Blood oxygenation

      • Should never go below 90%

      • Should not drop more than 3%

    • Snoring level

      • Lower than a freight train

    • Pulse rate

      • Should not race

    • Sleep position

    • Apnea events

    • Aroual from sleep pattern

    What a sleep test can tell you

    • How much sleep

      • 6 to 7 hours is all you need to be rested

    • Sleep stages

      • Stage 1: nodding off

      • Stage 2: regular sleep

      • Stage 3: rejuvenating sleep

        • Not enough  and you wake up tired

      • REM (rapid eye movement)

        • You need it to live

    Sleep apnea takes you out of normal sleep patterns

    Helping your snoring with lifestyle changes

    • Lose weight and improve eating habits

    • Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills and antihistamines before you go to bed

    • Avoid alcohol and heavy meals or snacks at least 4 hours before you go to bed

    • Establish regular sleeping habits

    • None of this will correct structural problems you may have

Snoring and sleep apnea treatment options

  • Surgery

    • Tonsils and adenoid removal

    • Soft palate implants to stiffen the soft palate

    • UPPP- uvulopapatopharygoplasty tightens and restructures the flabby tissues in the throat and palate

  • MAD – mandibular advancement device that holds the lower jaw forward during sleep to keep the tongue from causing constricture of the airflow

  • Example: somnomed appliance

  • CPAP – continuous positive airway pressure is a mask that fits over your nose and/or mouth and pushes air into your airway

  • A combination of the different treatments

    • You may need more than one of the options to ensure breathing at night

How do you get started?

  • You take a home or institute sleep test

  • We take impressions of your upper and lower teeth

  • We capture a snapshot of how your upper and lower teeth shouls meet in order to help your breathing

  • We measure how wide you can open your mouth

For more information about sleep apnea and snoring contact our dental team and dentists in Sault Ste Marie (705) 910-1080