Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring may be an indication that you have a serious disorder called Sleep Apnea, in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops throughout the course of your sleep. Snoring is a common symptom; however, sufferers of sleep apnea may not necessarily snore. Wildwood Dental Clinic offers patients suffering from certain types of sleep apnea relief with custom mouth appliances – these are designed to keep airways open during sleep and reduce snoring for healthier sleep patterns.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing repeatedly interrupts during sleep. As a result, the brain and the rest of the body may not receive sufficient oxygen. There are various types of sleep apnea including obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common of the two conditions, caused by the physical blockage of airways by soft tissue in the back of the throat. Obstructive sleep apnea may occur in individuals who are overweight or in individuals with enlarged tonsils, a large overbite, deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems.
Central sleep apnea is less common and pertains to the brain and nervous system. Individuals with central sleep apnea suffer from an instability in signals from the brain to the muscles that control breathing.
Sleep apnea symptoms
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea:
- Sleep deprivation
- Learning and memory difficulty
- Sometimes waking up choking or gasping for air
Sleep apnea causes an array of issues related to the impairment of an individual’s cognitive functionality including wakefulness, attention, memory, focus and learning. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to other problems including an increased risk of developing diabetes and an impairment of liver function.
Sleep apnea treatment
Losing weight, as well as quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption can significantly help with sleep apnea. Oral appliances can be fabricated to help keep airways open during sleep.
To learn more about sleep apnea treatment and our custom oral appliances, give our dental office in Saskatoon a call - (306) 374-7272. Our practice is located on 8th St. E between Preston and Cumberland.
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