Sleep Apnea Treatment
▸ 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.
▸ 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 dynamic team at Bathurst College Dentistry ® 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 – 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 that may include a CT scan 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.
▸ Relief is available, simply contact our office today and schedule a consultation:
Call – 416 925–0154 | Email –
• Visit our team of highly trained dentists and hygienists at Bathurst College Dentistry ®
474 College Street, Suite 103 Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A4