The destructive impact of sleep apnea can make everyday life challenging for sufferers, even potentially worsening serious health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, hearing loss and cardiovascular disease.
Fortunately, modern dental solutions are available to treat this disorder and restore your quality of life. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and are looking for an effective CPAP alternative, you might be a good candidate for a special oral appliance called a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD).
Sometimes called a sleep apnea mouth guard or anti-snoring device, this custom dental appliance is designed to treat mild-to-moderate cases of sleep apnea. By opening the area in the back of the throat it creates an airway and prevents the cessation of breathing that occurs during sleep apnea.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea affects more than 3% of Canadian adults and manifests itself in a wide range of symptoms, including:
- High blood pressure
- Excessive fatigue during waking hours
- Sexual dysfunction
- Decreased concentration and mental capacity due to tiredness
Over time, these symptoms can lead to serious, life-threatening health complications.
When visiting our dental clinic in Scarborough you’ll receive a thorough examination and consultation from a dentist who’s been proudly serving the community for more than 30 years. If it’s determined that you may suffer from sleep apnea, we’ll ask your doctor to approve an in-lab sleep study and consultation. The Sleep Doctor will interpret the results of the study and advise an appropriate solution for you. If appropriate, the specialist will refer you back to our office for treatment. We have in-depth knowledge of the types, symptoms and treatments of sleep apnea.
Upon consultation with your doctor, you may be advised that certain lifestyle, weight and dietary changes can improve your ability to get a good night’s rest. For more persistent problems and with direction, we can fit you with a custom Mandibular Advancement Device. This oral appliance is a popular sleep apnea solution for those unwilling or unable to wear a CPAP mask.