Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea – Get The Sleep You Deserve

More than one million Canadians have sleep disorders.  These problems often go undetected or misdiagnosed.  One type of disorder, sleep apnea, affects people of all ages.  Untreated sleep apnea affects your general well-being by increasing your likelihood of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, or Type 2 diabetes.  Some other consequences of sleep apnea are impaired memory and concentration, daytime sleepiness, teeth clenching, headaches, and mood changes resulting from jaw and facial pain.

Sleep Apnea Signs & Symptoms

Family members are usually the first to pick up on the signs of sleep apnea.  The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Gasping for air or choking/coughing during sleep.
  • Loud snoring followed by silent pauses.
  • Feeling unrefreshed or tired after a night’s sleep.
  • Morning headaches.
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth.
  • Poor concentration or memory loss.
  • Urinating frequently throughout the night.

It is important to recognize that having one or more of these signs and symptoms does not mean you have sleep apnea.

If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, we invite you to schedule a professional evaluation with us.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep disorder.  It is characterized by airflow blockages lasting more than 10 seconds.  OSA can be caused by excessive tissue in the back of the tongue, throat, or nose.  OSA is classified as mild, moderate, or severe depending on how many times per hour these blockages occur.  These airway blockages can occur as few as five and as many as 60 times per hour.

Our office uses a custom dental appliance worn during the night to correct mild and moderate OSA.  If your sleep apnea is caused by tongue pressure collapsing your airway passage or by incorrect positioning of the jaw, an oral sleep appliance can correct this problem.  Severe sleep apnea is best treated with a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) ventilator blowing air into the lungs through a mask strapped around the head.  CPAP is sometimes used in combination with an oral sleep appliance as well.  Most people with OSA prefer to wear a mouth appliance if possible.

Call our office today to schedule your sleep consultation and learn how we can help you get the sleep you deserve!

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