Trouble sleeping? You might have sleep apnea. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Difficulty sleeping/insomnia
- Waking breathless multiple times in the night
- Making choking sounds while sleeping
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may have sleep apnea.
There are treatment options available. Some include changing behaviors or habits. Some people wear a face or nasal mask during sleep, or a CPAP, but often find them bulky and uncomfortable. A more comfortable alternative to CPAPs are oral devices. Oral devices may also be helpful in preventing blockage in your throat.
Snoring is a problem many people experience, but few know that it can be a sign of major health issues. More than 80 million people in North America alone snore while sleeping, and snoring doesn’t just affect the sleep of the person snoring, but it does the same to their loved ones as well. Fortunately, we have a way to treat chronic snoring.
Generally, snoring is caused when the muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth relax, causing the air passage to become smaller. This makes it more difficult for your breaths to get through the throat. Those that do get through cause vibrations when they pass over the soft tissues of the throat, making the snoring sound.
Other causes of snoring include:
- Consumption of alcohol
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Sleep aids and sedatives
- Too much body weight
The Mandibular Advancement Device
A Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) Is a solution for many people who suffer from snoring. Specially designed to keep the lower jaw in a forward position, the MAD keeps your airway passage open, so you can breathe more easily and get a full night’s sleep. There are other devices that keep the tongue from falling backward, obstructing your windpipe. However, which device you will need depends on your condition.
Is a MAD comfortable?
Mandibular Advancement Devices are specially made to be comfortable, allowing you to sleep without noticing that you’re wearing one. It won’t keep you from breathing, and will, in fact, help you breathe more easily while stopping you from snoring, even if you have allergies or congestion. While you may experience a stiff jaw when you first start regularly wearing your device, this feeling is temporary and will disappear shortly after you remove the device.