If you feel fatigued during the day or snore heavily at night, you may in fact be suffering from sleep apnea. Our Edmonton dentists can help treat this common sleep disorder.
Sleep apnea is characterized by shallow breathing or abnormal breathing pauses during sleep. These pauses (apneas) can happen because of a physical blockage to airflow, a lack of respiratory effort, or a combination of the two.
When you fall into deep sleep, your tongue, soft palate and throat tissues fall into a relaxed state.
For those who snore, the relaxation of these throat tissues causes the airways to restrict, vibrating and rumbling them as oxygen is forced past. Narrower airways mean heavier snoring since more force is required to breathe.
For those with sleep apnea, the tongue, soft palate and throat tissues over-relax, causing them to collapse into the back of the throat and obstruct your airway. When the flow of oxygen stops, the brain is forced to awaken to consciously resume breathing.
These mini-episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, which prevents you from falling into the deep, restorative sleep needed to recharge your brain and body. This can contribute to many medical disorders, which can reduce the quality and longevity of your life.
The following symptoms, may be a sign that you have sleep apnea:
The only way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is to undergo an assessment by a medical professional. Once you've been diagnosed, our dentists can help you achieve a better night’s sleep with VIVOS™ oral appliances and lifestyle solutions.
A comprehensive exam with our team at Scotia Square Dentistry will help you find a way to better health through our multidisciplinary group of health professionals in Edmonton.