Mouth breathing is a poor oral habit that results in less oxygen to the brain. People who mouth breathe are at higher risk of respiratory illnesses and allergies. Typically mouth breathing starts during childhood and often times patients have had their tonsils or adenoids out to try to improve their airway. This can help, but it doesn’t eliminate the issue.
Snoring is disordered breathing during sleep. The snoring sound is caused by the vibration of soft tissue as air passes through the nose past the soft palate and towards the lungs. Usually snoring impacts on the bed partner of a snorer more than the person themselves. But snoring can be more than just a disturbing sound. Loud snoring and gasping for breath can be a sign of a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea where the airway collapses during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects up to 24% of adult males and 9% of adult females. It is more prevalent than asthma or diabetes. Despite this, 90% of cases are not diagnosed. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, daytime sleepiness, pauses in breathing while sleeping and sexual dysfunction. Signs in the mouth include acid erosion, chipping of front teeth and scalloping on the sides of the tongue. Sleep Apnea is a very serious condition as it decreases the amount of oxygen received by the brain and organs and increases your risk of heart attack by 25 times.
Early screening and intervention is critical. By improving the sleep in someone with obstructive sleep apnea, we can help improve daytime work performance, reduce driving related accidents and prevent unnecessary death.
Sleep Therapy in Toronto
Want to find out how we can help? Book a comprehensive exam with us and we will complete a sleep therapy disorder screening for you. We provide a range of appliances for mouth breathing, teeth grinding and SOMNOMED appliances for both snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea and can guide you through the process.