Defining Sleep Apnea
If you wake up as tired as when you went to bed, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep related breathing disorder where a patient experiences shallow breathing or pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can occur several times during sleep, leading to health complications and lifestyle hindrances. Sleep apnea affects an estimated 5.4 million Canadian adults. Although sleep apnea can seem like just a mild annoyance, this condition has been linked with other health concerns high blood pressure, heart disease, memory problems, and daytime drowsiness.
Because sleep apnea can impact other areas of your life, it’s important to take any symptoms seriously. If you suspect sleep apnea, you should talk to your physician. Common symptoms of sleep apnea can include:
- Abnormal sleep patterns
- Choking during sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- High blood pressure
- Loud snoring
- Sudden awakenings to restart breathing
- Waking up in a sweat
- Erectile dysfunction
Treating Sleep Apnea
If you are diagnosed with with sleep apnea, your doctor may prescribe non-surgical treatments including medications, behavioral changes, and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). In many cases, your physician may refer you to a dentist to obtain a dental appliance to treat your sleep apnea. A dental appliance works by holding the palate up and keeping the airway free while you sleep. This dental appliance should be custom fitted by a dental professional to ensure that it works properly.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, a dental appliance custom fitted by our Toronto dental office may be the solution for you. Schedule a consult with Dr. Yolonda Cruz today! Call us: Downtown office 416-595-5490 or Etobicoke office 647-951-8888.