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Over 12 million people in North America have sleep apnea, but most of them don’t even know it. Are you a chronic snorer? If so, you might be one of them! Chronic snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
“Apnea” means “no breathing”. Most of the sleep apnea symptoms come from the fact that the sufferer has stopped breathing several times during their sleep. Throat tissue collapses against the airway and fresh air can’t get in. After about ten seconds, this poor person will wake up a bit, gasp for air and fall back asleep.
This happens five or more times every hour, so your brain ends up getting a lot less oxygen while you sleep.
No wonder you have some daytime symptoms like:
- Trouble staying focused
- An irritable, under rested spouse
You might also have secondary symptoms, caused by the primary ones. Your boss might get after you for poor job performance, or you might get into a car accident because of inattention. Worse you might have heart problems, high blood pressure, or a greater chance of stroke.
We Can Help
If you think you might have sleep apnea, Dr. Silver can provide you with a simple to use take home device to test if you have sleep apnea.
By analyzing and measuring your bite – the way your upper and lower teeth come together and the way your jaw muscles work – Dr. Silver can design a special sophisticated type of appliance called a SONOMED. The SONOMED works by keeping your airway open all night so you can stay asleep and wake up feeling fresh and alert.
Would you like to have a personal consultation with Dr. Silver and learn more about sleep apnea? If so, please contact our Calgary Alberta dental office today.
Dr. Jennifer Silver is a highly accomplished dental surgeon with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her educational accomplishments include deans honours list, an oral surgery award and best research project. Prior to this degree, she graduated with honors from Dalhousie University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in this field for 10 years.
The areas of dentistry that holds special interest for Dr. Silver include oral medicine and whole-body dentistry. She currently devotes time and resources toward helping patients with TMJ pain and sleep apnea, while continuing to provide general dentistry as well. Future interests include devoting time to additional oral surgery training. Jen strives to treat her patients as if they were family. She strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary approach for patient care. She is part of a large network of specialists that she trusts and collaborates with when helping patients.