OASIS DENTAL MILTON PROVIDES APPLIANCES THAT SUCCESSFULLY ADDRESS CHRONIC BREATHING DISORDER (OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA, SNORING AND UPPER AIRWAY RESTRICTION)
CONTACT: Dr. Rick Anil Soordhar
TEL: (905) 876-2747
FAX: (905) 876-2749
MILTON, ON – Sufferers of mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea in the Greater Toronto Area may find their answers to safe, peaceful rest waiting in their trusted dentists or orthodontists’ offices.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has given two dental appliances its valued endorsement as significantly effective treatments for the involuntarily interrupted breathing that plagues thousands of Canadians of all ages every year. Obstructive sleep apnea results most frequently from collapsed soft tissue in the back of the throat that deprives the brain and rest of the body of oxygen by repeatedly closing off the airway during sleep. MANDIBULAR ADVANCEMENT DEVICES (MAD), the most frequently prescribed appliance, closely resembles a sports mouth guard and gently forces the lower jaw forward and slightly down to maintain an open airway. The second-most prescribed mouthpiece, a TONGUE RETRAINING DEVICE (TRD), is a splint-like appliance that holds the tongue in place to prevent it from closing the airway by lolling back into the throat during sleep.
Sufferers of untreated obstructive sleep apnea can experience interrupted breathing hundreds of times a night due usually to collapsed soft tissue in the back of the throat, depriving the brain and rest of the body of oxygen. The disorder does not discriminate, even affecting children, but the highest risk factors are tied to overweight men overthe age of 40 with neck sizes 16-17 inches or greater and large tongues, jaw bones, and/or tonsils. Other significant risk factors are associated with a family history of the disorder, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, sinus problems, or allergies.
While long-term benefits often follow short-term progress using a sleep apnea mouthpiece or tongue retraining device may still need periodic adjustment or replacement and should be evaluated early on after its fitting to ensure its effectiveness.
That being said, there are overall considerations that should be thoroughly discussed with a dental professional or orthodontist prior to using either:
– As long as patients sleep on either their backs or stomachs habitually, both devices frequently reduce mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea significantly and may improve breathing somewhat for severe sleep apnea patients.
– As breathing interruptions diminish, patients experience vastly improved sleep when the devices are effective.
– Patients comply at a much higher rate than they do with CPAP treatments.
– Compared to standard surgical uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), dental devices control sleep apnea over a much longer period with fewer complications.
– Sleep apnea mouthpieces may not prove as effective in patients with a severe case of the disorder compared to a CPAP machine. However, sleep apnea mouthpieces and CPAP machines are equally effective in patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea.
– Sleep apnea mouthpieces can generate several mild side effects, including dry lips, increased salivation, nighttime pain, tooth discomfort, or altered bite.
– Hope remains if a sleep apnea mouthpiece does not significantly improve both breathing and sleep. Rapid maxillary expansion involves temporarily applying a screw device to the upper teeth, which can alleviate nasal pressure with regular tightening and prove sleep apnea especially in patients with narrow upper jaws.
Select Greater Toronto Area sleep apnea sufferers seeking solutions for easier, safer nighttime breathing need look no further than their trusted dentists.
Dentists the world over have increasingly trusted oral appliance therapy to improve sleeping respiration and maintain unobstructed airways among sleep apnea patients with conditions unimproved by standard Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatments. Though not recommended for severe sleep apnea patients, oral therapy can alleviate issues for mild to moderate sufferers with airways routinely blocked by excess throat tissue, nasal obstructions, large or floppy tongue, enlarged uvula or tonsils, or complications due to obesity.
Dental appliances can reduce or even eliminate symptoms in the most comfortable and least invasive fashion possible. The option has been a revolution in reducing risk factors for stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and diabetes known to follow sleep apnea. Weighing treatment options in relation to the number of breathing pauses per hour of sleep, among other severity indicators, is critical. Physicians and dentists strongly recommend that sleep apnea patients undergo an overnight sleep study to develop a baseline for any treatment’s likely effectiveness.
Though a one-size-fits-all mouthguard may treat sleep apnea with some effectiveness while reducing snoring, custom mandibular advancement devices open the airway by pulling the tongue forward with a personal fit that covers the upper and lower teeth to maintain the lower jaw’s advanced position. Oasis Dental Milton’s Dr. Rick Anil Soordhar and Dr. Vick Soordhar can recommend a number of devices that dramatically improve airway patency.