Our dentists provide our Surrey patients with sleep apnea treatment to help them get a disruption-free sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder that causes shallow breathing and pauses in breathing during sleep. These breathing pauses can happen as often as 30 times (or more) per night, and can last for several seconds to a few minutes. After each pause, normal breathing begins again, usually with a loud snort or choking sound.
As you can probably imagine, these breathing problems can be extremely disruptive to sleep, and can cause a variety of health issues, including increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. It can increase the likelihood of arrhythmias (irregular heart beats), and the chance of work- and driving-related accidents.
However, sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. The problem is that it’s not something your doctor can find in a blood test, or diagnose during a regular check up. If a family member of bed partner has mentioned that you snore loudly, or sometimes stop breathing in your sleep, please book a consultation with our team to determine of you have sleep apnea.
How can Hanin Dental help?
Hanin Dental Group offers several sleep apnea treatment options for our Surrey patients. The type of treatment a patient will ultimately undergo depends on the severity and cause of his sleep apnea.
Mild Sleep Apnea
Mild or moderate cases of sleep apnea can often be treated by very simple, non-invasive means.
Oral Appliances, or "Jaw Advancing Devices" (JAD) or "Mandibular Advancement Devices" (MAD) are custom made mouth pieces that fit the specific shape of the patient’s teeth and mouth.
These appliances move the jaw forward, increasing the size of the upper airway, thereby reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.
Oral sleep apnea appliances are most effective for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea.
Weight Loss Management
Weight loss is another potential treatment option for patients suffering from milder forms of sleep apnea, as being overweight can sometimes cause sleep apnea.
We can help guide and monitor the weight loss process, perhaps in conjunction with other treatment methods, to help relieve the symptoms of your sleep apnea.
Severe Sleep Apnea
Hanin Dental Group can provide treatment for patients suffering from more severe forms of sleep apnea as well.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the most popular treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea.
CPAP uses air pressure to keep the airway open while the patient is asleep. It pushes air into the back of the throat, where the throat tissue otherwise would collapse during sleep. By keeping the airway open, CPAP allows the patient to inhale and exhale as he should.
Inspire therapy is an implantable sleep apnea treatment option for those who either can’t use, or who can’t achieve consistent benefits with, CPAP treatment.
While the patient sleeps, Inspire monitors each breath he takes. Based on the patient’s unique breathing pattern, the system delivers mild stimulation to the nerve that controls the movement of the tongue and other airway muscles, to keep the airway open during sleep.