Sleep Dentistry in Canmore

If you are facing difficulty in sleeping better, sleep dentistry offers the best possible solution. Our doctors at Canmore Smiles help you live healthy and be productive. We provide sleep dentistry services to Canmore’s community.

 

Understanding the Causes of Sleep Apnea

For some, snoring is merely an inconvenient late-night distraction. What many don't realize, however, is that snoring may be an indication of a deeper health issue – obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a person sleeps. This condition can often go undiscovered for some time, but specific symptoms can indicate you may need to undergo a sleep study. This test can be taken either in a sleep lab monitored by a sleep physician or in the comfort of your own home using a MATRx Plus take-home sleep device administered by Dr. Moldenhauer but interpreted by a sleep physician.

There are Three Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat obstructs the airway when it relaxes. This partial blockage of the airway will cause people to snore.
  • Central sleep apnea is less common. It occurs when communication from the central nervous system fails, and the brain fails to activate muscles that control breathing. Snoring is not often associated with central sleep apnea.
  • Mixed/Complex sleep apnea is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea. 

Sleep Apnea Causes

When determining if sleep apnea is the cause of your snoring or sleep disruption, there are several risk factors your medical doctor or Dr. Moldenhauer may look for. These include:

  • Body composition – Those with excess body fat (BMI > 30) and a neck circumference greater than 17" and 16" for men and women respectively are more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Patients over the age of 50.
  • Gender – Males, particularly those with a family history of sleep apnea, are more likely to experience it themselves.
  • Heartburn, also known as GERD, can sometimes indicate a sleep-related problem.
  • High Blood Pressure can potentially be a result of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Daytime sleepiness, frequent naps, falling asleep at inappropriate times, brain fog is often associated with OSA.
  • Habits – Older smokers have a much higher risk of suffering from sleep apnea than those who do not smoke.

Unlike obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea is often correlated with severe illness, such as stroke, neurological disease, heart disease, and brain stem injuries. It is also more common amongst males, as well as those over the age of 65. Still, anyone being treated for an existing medical condition should consider being evaluated for sleep apnea.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

There is a variety of treatment methods for each of the three types of sleep apnea, ranging from lifestyle modification, weight loss, simple at-home exercises, oral appliance therapy, CPAP, and surgery. Treatment options will be recommended by the sleep physician who will analyze your sleep study. Both the sleep physician and Dr. Moldenhauer will work together to determine the best course of treatment for you. When a patient has mild to moderate sleep apnea, another test called a Theragnostic test can be administered by Dr. Moldenhauer to determine if oral appliance therapy may be an option to treat your condition.

 

If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact either your primary care physician or Dr. Moldenhauer to help access your condition.

Contact Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy today.

 

We use the following products/technology to treat sleep apnea:

MATRx Plus™ Test

A good night’s sleep helps to decrease risk of various health conditions, maintain a healthy immune system, manage appetite, and retain memory function. Sleep apnea causes excessive daytime sleepiness, high-blood pressure, diabetes, heartburn (GERD), decreased sex drive, and more serious health conditions. Using MATRx Plus™ test, our dentist will collaborate with your doctor to identify the best possible therapy for you. This device can be used to conduct at-home sleep tests to diagnose sleep apnea and identify if patients are responding to oral appliance therapy. It also helps to determine the ideal position for your oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is convenient, effective, and comfortable alternative for sleep apnea.

SomnoDent® Oral Appliance

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition that impacts very aspect of your life. We use SomnoDent® oral devices help to treat sleep apnea and bruxism. It treats sleep apnea by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. It helps to prevent apneas by keeping the airway open. Many patients have considered the device as the perfect solution for treating sleep apnea, ending snoring, and improving sleep quality.


Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT)® is a category of products from SomnoDent® that treat patients seeking an easy, efficient solution for obstructive sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment to learn more about treatment options.

Acoustic Pharyngometer/Rhinometer

These devices have become the cornerstone of various sleep dentistry practices. The information about airway size and stability can be gathered using the Eccovision Acoustic Diagnostic Pharyngometer and Rhinometer.

 

The Eccovision Acoustic Diagnostic Imaging System

The device uses acoustic reflection technology to map the structure, size, and collapsibility of the oral and nasal airway. The Eccovision is widely used in orthodontic, ENT, and sleep disorders dentistry practice.


Orthodontists use the device to examine the health of the airway throughout the treatment. A compromised nasal airway is most likely the cause of mouth breathing which is a primary cause behind orthodontic problems and facial growth.


Sleep disorders dentists use the device to screen patients before the diagnosis. On the Pharyngometer, a narrow reading correlates to higher Apnea Hypopnea Indices after the person is diagnosed. The diagnosis helps to show doctors how the airway changes I response to mandibular advancement.


Data from Rhinometer and Pharyngometer tests is displayed on an easy-to-read graph.

Acoustic Pharyngometer

The device helps to quickly measure a patient’s pharyngeal airway stability and size from the oral pharyngeal junction to the glottis. The relationship between the cross-sectional area of the airway and the distance down the airway in centimeters is graphically displayed by the Pharyngometer.


Various studies have shown a relationship between the OSA existence and a collapsible, narrow airway. The device accomplishes these measurements using acoustic reflection technology, similar to a ship’s sonar. When sound waves are projected down the airway and then reflected, the Pharyngometer software can analyze and quantify changes in the airways cross-sectional area. The test takes 2-5 minutes to complete and is minimally invasive.

 

Acoustic Rhinometer

Through the Eccovision® Acoustic Rhinometer, a quick and easy measurement of nasal patency can be conducted. The information is gathered using acoustic reflection. When sound waves are sent up the nasal passage and reflected , the device can map out the topography of the nasal airway. The location and severity of any obstruction in the airway can be recognized through this test. The test takes 30 seconds to complete and is completely non invasive.


Many ENT and pulmonary physicians use the SGS Eccovision Acoustic Rhinometer to screen and evaluate procedures for patients who present with allergy, congestion, nasal resistance, deviated septum, nasal polyps, hypertrophied turbinates and other type of upper airway resistance or obstruction.

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