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Sleep Apnea in Calgary, Alberta
If you are a chronic snorer, it is possible that you have sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when the airway is partially blocked by relaxed throat or tongue tissue and the sound comes from this tissue vibrating.
Sleep apnea is a health-threatening condition where the airway repeatedly becomes entirely blocked, preventing breathing – the word “apnea” means “no breathing”. You would wake up enough to gasp for air and then fall back to sleep. In the morning you would have no memory of these incidents.
The official definition of sleep apnea is blocked breathing five or more times per hour for at least ten seconds each time. The average time is 22 seconds. Try holding your breath for 22 seconds -- good luck! The lack of breathing causes a significant drop in blood oxygen levels. Although there are three types of sleep apnea, the most common one is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Although OSA sufferers are not typically aware of the non-breathing episodes each night, they do notice daytime sleep apnea symptoms:
Sleep apnea reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain.
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Who is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Certain groups are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than others:
My Snoring and Sleep Apnea Does Not Bother me Though!
You may think you are dealing with the snoring and OSA, but what about your family members? It is not much fun for them. Some people reach the equivalent noise level of a passing freight train. Now that’s loud!
What to do?
First we have to determine if you only have snoring or sleep apnea or both. We can provide you with a take home test called ARES to evaluate the potential levels of sleep apnea and snoring you may be suffering from. This test is an initial screening tool. It is not used by us to diagnose if you have sleep apnea. The diagnosis of whether you have sleep apnea must be completed by a doctor. We will refer you to appropriate professional for further diagnosis
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Following your diagnosis and your discussion with your doctor and the severity of your symptoms, Dr.Cload may recommend snoring treatment with a Mandibular Advancement Device. This device keeps your airway open by moving your lower jaw forward. We use a device called the SOMNOMED, which is custom designed to fit over your upper and lower teeth.
The benefits of the SOMNOMED are that it:
If, in addition to OSA, you have other symptoms such as headaches, facial pain, or discomfort when you open your mouth too widely, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
Please call us today if you would like to know more about snoring treatment and sleep apnea, Dr. Cload and his friendly team will be glad to welcome you at our dental office in Calgary, Alberta and schedule a personal consultation for you. If you prefer, you can email our office for your consultation.