Are you suffering drowsiness during the day with no obvious explanation? Are you snoring so loudly at night that you wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If so you may be suffering Sleep Apnea. Contact McKenzie Orthodontics about a complimentary sleep apnea consultation today!
At McKenzie Orthodontics, we would like you to ask yourself the following questions:
If you answer yes to any of the above, then you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea just like hundreds of thousand of other Canadians. You may be surprised to learn that this is something that your general dentist/orthodontist can help you with. At McKenzie Orthodontics, we have helped many patients achieve a life of healthy and restful sleep.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops temporarily during sleep. This can happen as many as 20 to 30 times an hour! Each time you stop breathing, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain which then wakes you up so you can restart normal breathing.
There are three kind of sleep apnea to be aware of.
Since anyone can suffer from sleep apnea (regardless of age or gender), it can lead to serious medical problems if left untreated.
OSA is more common in males than females and is more common in adults 40+ versus younger adults or children.
Many risk factors have been identified for OSA and CSA, including obesity, smoking, drinking, use of sedatives and tranquilizers, as well as a family history of sleep problems.
If left untreated, it can lead to:
Treatments for Sleep Apnea all depend on which type of apnea you are suffering. While certain basic behavioral treatments are recommended such as losing weight, stopping smoking or sleeping on your side instead of your back.
The preferred method of treatment from your McKenzie Orthodontist is the use of a custom made oral device that is positioned in the mouth, this way it prevents throat blockage. These oral devices are worn to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat so the that the airway remains open during sleep.
If your case is severe, surgery may be the best option. However, Dr. Angela Sharma can help you identify which type of Apnea you suffer as well as the severity.
If you have questions about the Sleep treatments offered at McKenzie Orthodontics, please contact our office at your earliest convenience!