Snoring is often regarded as a social problem, not as a medical problem. It occurs when the muscles of the upper throat restrict the airway and reduce the amount of air that can be inhaled. This reduction in airflow reduces the amount of oxygen available to the body during sleep which can lead to troublesome sleep apnea symptoms. Many of those who snore don’t realize that what they are experiencing is a medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
Mandibular advancement devices are oral dental appliances that offer an effective treatment option for some cases of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. By moving the lower jaw slightly forward during sleep, the dental appliance can prevent the upper airway from collapsing. Pacific Sleep Care has Dental Sleep Professionals available to provide clients with a customized dental device that prevents snoring and addresses mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
For more information about custom dental appliances that can reduce or stop snoring, contact Pacific Sleep Care at our Vancouver Island location in Courtenay, Parksville, Nanaimo, or Cowichan, BC.