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SLEEP APNEA

& SNORING

Dentist081 Alero_Licensed

SLEEP APNEA & SNORING

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA


While you sleep, all your muscles relax, including those controlling your airway. Sleep apnea can cause your airway to collapse and restrict airflow by 80% or more. In some people, these interruptions to breathing can occur as frequently as 30 or more times within an hour, sometimes lasting ten seconds or longer. When your breathing is obstructed, your tissues are not able to receive adequate oxygen. Your brain tells your body to breathe, which can cause you to wake up gasping for air. As this cycle repeats throughout the night, you may often wake feeling as though you have had little or no sleep.




THE STATISTICS


  • The population of Canadian adults with sleep apnea at 17 – 20%.
  • Unfortunately, less than 10% of those with sleep apnea have been diagnosed.
  • More than 2 million Canadians suffer from sleep apnea.
  • Studies have shown that nearly 50% of those with sleep apnea also have high blood pressure.
  • Additionally, sleep apnea may increase your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.




THE CAUSE


Sleep apnea may be caused by genetics, poor posture, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is caused by the collapse of airways in the throat and mouth during sleep. Obesity is a often linked to symptoms of sleep apnea.




LIFESTYLE CHANGES EQUAL A MORE RELAXED & COMFORTABLE NIGHT’S SLEEP


Steps recommended by Bathurst College Dentistry that you can take to reduce your risk of developing sleep apnea. Maintain a healthy body weight: Overweight individuals have a higher risk of developing sleep apnea. Reduce Use of Depressants: Limit your use of sedatives, tranquilizers, and alcohol. These substances relax the muscles in your throat, which can lead to obstructive sleep apnea. Stop smoking: Smoking makes you 3 times more likely to develop sleep apnea.




THE TREATMENT


Select members of our team are experienced in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea conditions. If you regularly experience symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact our office at 416 925–0154. Email: info@bcddental.com to book an appointment and get some treatment today. We can conduct a comprehensive examination and provide solutions to help you sleep through the night. As required, we will recommend a thorough screening and an assessment of the head and neck. Your unique treatment might include a mandibular advancement device (MADs). MADs are an excellent alternative to bulky continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. They are typically used for patients with mild cases of sleep apnea. MADs are like specialized mouth or night guards, which allow for your airway to remain open throughout the night.





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