Sleep dentistry (snoring and obstructive sleep apnea) 

The story of a good night’s rest and your health

The quality of your sleep affects your general health and well-being. Researchers have identified many connections between sleep quality and duration and physical, emotional, and mental health. The following is a quick overview of these relationships:

  1. Physical health
    • Cell repair: During sleep, the body works on repairing various tissues.
    • Heart health: Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to obesity and high blood pressure, which in turn affects the heart.
    • Immune system: Inadequate sleep leads to a weakened immune system, leaving you prone to infections.
    • Hormonal imbalance: Many of the body’s hormones are important for proper physical function.
    • Weight gain: Inadequate sleep leads to increased appetite and weight gain through hormonal pathways.
  1. Mental health
    • Mood: Lack of sleep leads to irritability, mood swings, and even depression.
    • Memory: Sleep is essential for the consolidation of memory, transforming short-term memories into long-term ones.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are two sleep-related breathing disorders. The role of Dr. Mirmooji and his staff, trained in sleep dentistry, is to identify the patients at risk of developing sleep-related breathing disorders or those suspected to be suffering from sleep apnea through a complete examination of the oral cavity and refer these patients to specialists (M.D.) for diagnosis and treatment.

Snoring is the sound that results from the vibration of the respiratory structures due to partial obstruction of the airway. It is quite common, especially as we age, but could be a sign of a more serious problem.

In the case of obstructive sleep apnea, in which the person stops breathing many times during the night, the gold standard of treatment is the CPAP machine.

Oral appliances: For patients who just snore or have mild sleep apnea or for those intolerant of CPAP treatment, Dr. Mirmooji and his team are qualified to provide appliance therapy. These work by advancing the lower jaw and the tongue, providing more space for breathing while asleep.

Dr. Ramin Mirmooji

Dr. Ramin Mirmooji is a dynamic general practitioner who believes in providing excellent dentistry through personalized treatment plans and the best advice for patients. He graduated in Civil Engineering from South Bank Polytechnic (England) and studied microbiology and immunology at McGill University. He obtained his doctorate in dentistry from the University of Laval. He has followed many mini-residency courses in orthodontics, implantology, periodontics, endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, pain management, MTA disorders, etc. He is a member of the Quebec Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Dental Society of Montreal, and International Congress of Implantology.

Dr. Samer Abboud

Dr. Samer Abboud, who graduated in Paris, France, is a general dentist practicing orthodontic services in several dental offices in Montreal. He has also served as a clinical research coordinator at McGill University and a professor. He has trained in adult and pediatric orthodontics, occlusion, and dental surgeries and has earned many diplomas. He has been a member of the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec, CDA, Association des Chirurgiens Dentistes du Québec, Proprietary Dentists of Quebec, and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.

Dr. Alexa Lynch

Dr. Alexa Lynch is a University of Montreal graduate. She enjoys practicing different facets of dentistry and has a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, for which she has taken many continuing education courses. She aims to offer quality dental care to patients of all ages.