Sleep apnea is a severe and potentially life-threatening disorder involving repeated pauses in breathing while asleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when an obstruction of an individual’s airway interferes with the flow of oxygen through the nose or mouth during sleep. In someone afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles of the throat and mouth relax during sleep until they fall back into the upper airway and causing a blockage that restricts breathing.
The signs and symptoms of this disorder during sleeping hours may include the following.
An individual with sleep apnea will exhibit also exhibit symptoms during the day as well which may include the following:
A sleep study is typically conducted to determine the severity of the disorder. The results of this study and other medical findings will play a role in determining the recommended therapy. The most common form of treatment is a CPAP machine that you will wear when you sleep. This device provides a steady stream of pressurized air into the respiratory system through a mask.
In a mild to a moderate situation, it’s best to manage sleep apnea in Kingston with a dental appliance that may be deemed appropriate. Although worn similarly to a mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer, the device’s hard matrix material binds together filler particles is designed to help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, thereby enabling the airway to stay open during sleep. An oral appliance is easy to wear, easy to care for, comfortable, and portable. Dental devices are individually fabricated and customized for both maximum effectiveness and comfort.
We are excited to announce that Chancellors Way Dental will be relocating as of September 6th, 2021 (after Labour Day long weekend). We will be merging with our nearby practice of Campus Dentist, located at the University of Guelph in the Student Center on the first level.
You, our valued patients, can be assured that we will continue to practice the same high standard of dentistry with the continuity and expertise of our caring, well-trained, and compassionate staff as you have become accustomed. Our office will continue to provide the best care possible and accept the same insurance plans. We realize that change can be difficult but we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. Our staff will be there to help and we have included all the details regarding our new location, including address, phone number and office hours. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to seeing you at our new location.
Stay healthy, be safe, and don’t forget to brush and floss! We are always accepting new patients and we are so excited that you chose us!
Campus Dentist Team