Sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder, affecting 1 in every 8 individuals. It involves a disruption to sleep and low blood oxygen levels that results from the tongue being sucked against the back of the throat. When the airway is blocked, airflow stalls and breathing is paused, before the breath is restored with a loud choking sound. Snoring is the sound created during this time.
Step 1: At your first appointment with Dr. McAllister and our dental care team in Ottawa, we will assess your situation through compassionate conversation and a detailed evaluation. At this time, our team will present the ideal solution for your specific dental issue.
Step 2: You will be invited in for a follow-up appointment to accommodate the treatment procedure of your choice. If you snore and/or have mild-moderate sleep apnea, you may choose the mandibular advancement device. This appliance is worn at night to hold the lower jaw slightly forward so that the tongue and tissues do not block the airway and cause snoring. For more severe cases requiring the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) solution, you will be referred to a specialist.
Step 3: Follow up appointments are recommended every six months to determine the continued viability and success of the treatment option.
To learn more about resolving sleep apnea and snoring in Ottawa, contact our dental care team now.