At West Grande Prairie Dental, we want you to feel great, which sometimes means helping you get a good night’s sleep. If you’re snoring through the night, it can disrupt your sleep and the sleep of anyone sharing a room with you.
Did you know snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can result in negative side effects and risks.
- Excessive tiredness or exhaustion during the day
- Confusion and memory loss
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Hypertension, or high blood pressure
- Heart problems, including stroke
- Abnormally functioning liver
Nobody wants to lose sleep unnecessarily, especially when you need to go about your day without any problems. Fortunately, West Grande Prairie Dental has some great advice for our sleep apnea patients when it comes to getting better sleep.
The Most Effective Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatments
Snoring and sleep apnea keep you up at night, taking your energy and causing numerous health problems. To help you as much as possible, we’ve compiled a Top 10 List of how to stop snoring and treat sleep apnea simultaneously.
Anti-Snoring, Sleep Apnea Devices, or Appliances
Instead of spending your time looking for a small sleep apnea machine or worrying about sleep apnea machine side effects, an anti-snoring device may be just what you’re looking for. Each mouth guard is custom-made for the patient and is designed to reposition your jaw and open up your airway. The small appliance is much more comfortable than a CPAP machine.
Did you know that sleep apnea devices are becoming more common? A sleep apnea mouth guard can often eliminate the need for a sleep apnea CPAP machine and eliminate negative sleep apnea symptoms.
Our Invisalign clear aligners can straighten your teeth and reposition your bite to help provide structure and support to your airway. You can also attain a stunning new smile while improving your oral health! Ask us about how Invisalign orthodontics can improve your sleep and give you a straight and stunning smile.
Exploring Surgical Options
Some patients may have abnormal bone structures that cause problems with breathing at night. Surgery may help reshape these structures and allow for easier airflow while you’re asleep. Fortunately, this is rarely necessary, and we always explore other sleep apnea treatment options before talking about surgery.
Use a CPAP Machine
This type of sleep apnea machine uses a hose and mask to deliver oxygen to your body while you sleep. The machines tend to be bulky, loud, and uncomfortable. Fortunately, we offer sleep apnea treatments other than a CPAP, though you will need to be evaluated to find the best options for your personal situation.
Sleep On Your Side
For some patients, a simple change of sleeping position can help stop snoring and sleep apnea. You can try sleeping on your side instead of on your back, which often opens up your airway. Although some people may find it difficult to stay asleep on their sides for an entire night, you can try a sleep apnea pillow or dental appliance to help.
Change Your Habits
Smoking and drinking both increase your risk of having sleep apnea. Smoking affects the health of your lungs, making breathing more difficult in general. Drinking alcohol, especially before bed, causes your muscles to relax and can increase your risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
Treat Chronic Allergies
Seasonal allergies often cause drainage and mucous issues that can make sleep apnea worse. Nasal congestion can block airways and cause you to stop breathing or wake up coughing during sleep. Allergies can also cause swelling in the tonsils, sinuses, and adenoids, closing off the airway and causing obstructive sleep apnea.
Use Nasal Strips or a Nasal Dilator
Nasal strips are designed to pull your sinuses open at night, making breathing easier. A nasal dilator works the same way, but a dilator is a reusable device, whereas a nasal strip is disposable. Both of these devices increase airflow and decrease snoring and sleep apnea.
Use Sleep Apnea Pillows
A wedge pillow can help treat obstructive sleep apnea by propping your body up during sleep. A memory foam pillow can also help hold your head and neck in a position that improves airflow while lying down. If you have allergies, we also recommend a synthetic pillow because a down pillow can often make allergies worse—plugging up your airways while you sleep.
Ready to Really Sleep Soundly Again? Give Us a Call!
Are you ready to get a good night’s sleep again? Don’t let sleep apnea zap your energy! Give us a call today to schedule your FREE sleep apnea consultation and start sleeping through the night. We’re excited to meet you and show you how to improve your sleep and your health.
Call (780) 833-8600 Now! Our Friendly Staff is Ready to Schedule Your Completely FREE, No Obligation Sleep Apnea Consultation!