Get the Rest You Deserve With the Help of a Sleep Apnea Dentist in Ottawa

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition that affects millions of Canadians. It also increases your risk of heart disease, dementia, depression, and cancer. If left untreated, it can lead to dangerous situations such as accidents at work, home, or on the road.

The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. In this type, your breathing stops because your airway closes. This occurs for many reasons, including:

  • Muscles relaxing when you sleep
  • Poor airway development
  • A rearward jaw position
  • Carrying weight on your throat
  • Irritation and swelling in your airway

What Are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

The main reason sleep apnea goes undiagnosed is because the symptoms are hard to pin down. Here are some of the most common:

  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Waking up unrested, no matter how long you were in bed
  • Dozing off at work or while driving
  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Weight gain
  • Waking up to urinate often at night
  • Morning headaches

It’s important to note that not everyone with sleep apnea will experience these symptoms. If you have more than a few, you should suspect sleep apnea.

If your partner notices these things, consider making an appointment with your doctor or an experienced sleep dentist:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping, choking, or stopping breathing
  • Restless sleep

Some medical conditions are so commonly linked or misdiagnosed when it comes to sleep apnea, they should be seen as warning signs. They include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression and other mood disorders

Your doctor might not consider sleep apnea because they don’t know your sleep habits. It’s often up to you to seek testing and diagnosis.

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A Dental Appliance For Sleep Apnea May Be the Thing You Need for a Better Night’s Sleep

Despite the serious risks, almost 80% of people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it. Of those who know they have it, more than half of them can’t tolerate the main treatment. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you deserve access to a comfortable, convenient sleep apnea treatment that will help you get a good night’s sleep.

The most common way to treat this condition is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). It works by forcing air down your throat through your nose or mouth to keep your airway open. While CPAP is 100% effective when used regularly, most people find they can’t use it because the pump, hose, and mask are too uncomfortable and inconvenient. Luckily there is an alternative.

Oral appliance therapy works by repositioning your jaw. Since your jaw is the main support for your airway, your airway will widen so you can breathe normally while you sleep. These devices are so comfortable and convenient that almost 100% of people fitted with one use it regularly.

This revolutionary treatment is recommended for anyone with mild to severe sleep apnea who can’t tolerate CPAP.

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Oral Appliance Therapy Can Be An Option For a Better Night’s Rest

If you want to see if oral appliance therapy is right for you, reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens in Kanata.