Snoring can be bothersome to bed partners and make it difficult for them to sleep. Not only can it be aggravating, but it may also be a sign of a more severe problem such as obstructive sleep apnea. Our dentists in Oakville, ON are pleased to offer a variety of solutions to help patients find an effective treatment option for their condition.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Drs. Stephen Gaines
and Arti Patel
of Sherwood Dental describe obstructive sleep apnea as a sleeping disorder that is a result of a blockage in the airways. This causes patients to stop breathing, awaken, and begin the sleep cycle all over again.
For many patients, this cycle sometimes occurs hundreds of times in one night. Patients wake up and do not feel well-rested at all, and are struggling with common symptoms such as:
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth / sore throat
- Changes in mood
- Reduced concentration
- Poor memory
Also, bed partners may also notice particular activities of those with obstructive sleep apnea at night, including loud snoring, continued movement during sleep, and a consistent sound of choking or gasping. When combined with the daytime symptoms, many patients will be diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
Effective treatments for obstructive sleep apnea
Drs. Stephen Gaines and Arti Patel in Oakville, ON educate patients on the condition and help them understand the importance of getting treatment.
Treatment options will vary depending on the type of sleep apnea, the cause of the sleep apnea, and the severity of the condition. During a sleep study, the doctors will be able to evaluate the problem and offer an effective solution. Below are just a few ways in which our team may treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea:
- Lifestyle changes – leading a more active life during the day and limiting alcohol or medications can reduce obstructive sleep apnea. This is because obesity may contribute to obstructive sleep apnea, and weight loss may improve the condition.
- Changing positions – for some, changing the position in which they sleep can have a dramatic impact on their condition. Patients who lay on their backs may be more susceptible to bouts of obstructive sleep apnea.
- Over-the-counter options – patients with nasal blockages may consider the use of over-the-counter nasal sprays or nasal strips that can open the airways and offer more natural breathing.
- Oral appliance therapy – when the above options fail to improve the condition, the dentists at Sherwood Dental may recommend the use of an oral appliance. This is a specialized mouth guard that is worn by the patient at night to keep the airways open. This is done by realigning the jaw and holding down the tongue. Oral appliance therapy is the most comfortable treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
- CPAP machine – those who are unable to address their condition with lifestyle changes, changing sleeping positions, over-the-counter solutions, and oral appliance therapy may require the use of a CPAP machine. Also known as a “constant positive air pressure” machine, this device is worn over the nose and mouth while a patient sleeps to keep the airways open. While this device can be uncomfortable and cumbersome for patients, it may be the only way to treat individuals who have more severe obstructive sleep apnea.
Which treatment is right for me?
There are a variety of options for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, but there is no “one size fits all” option. We encourage patients to consult with Drs. Stephen Gaines and Arti Patel regarding the best solution for their unique needs. This appointment is also a great way to learn more about the condition and how it is impacting one’s overall health.
When patients have an effective treatment for their obstructive sleep apnea, they are often excited to enjoy a better quality of life, feeling well-rested and energized for each day. Many patients find that the treatment of their condition allows them to live their lives and feel their best!
Schedule a visit today
If you live in the area of Oakville, ON, and are seeking a solution for your obstructive sleep apnea, call Drs. Stephen Gaines
and Arti Patel
of Sherwood Dental to discuss your options. The practice is located at 2892 South Sheridan Way and can be reached at 844-951-8855 to request an appointment