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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Edmonton

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 with sleep apnea treatment.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is characterized by shallow breathing or abnormal breathing pauses during sleep. These pauses or "apneas" can happen because of a physical blockage to airflow, a lack of respiratory effort, or a combination of the two. Obstructive sleep apnea, the kind that is caused by such a blockage, is the most common.

People who have sleep apnea can go for some time being completely unaware that they have a problem and it is often the person’s sleep partner who first points it out.

How can I tell if I have sleep apnea?

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may often feel fatigued and sleepy during the day. This can negatively impact work performance, general vigilance, and staying motivated in your day to day life.

The only way to know out for sure if you have sleep apnea is to undergo an assessment by a medical professional. Your doctor can positively diagnose you, and get you the help you need to achieve a better night’s sleep by a dentist.


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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Your sleep apnea treatment will depend on the type sleep apnea you are suffering from. If you have central sleep apnea, caused when the signals between your brain and breathing muscles are interrupted, you may require a CPAP machine to provide a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep.

However, many people find CPAP machines obtrusive and uncomfortable, and they are in fact sometimes unnecessary for the treatment of OSA.

Our Edmonton dentists have treated many people with OSA, and make it a point to find the least invasive treatment option possible for the patient. Treatment may include an oral device, to be worn at night, combined with simple lifestyle adjustments.

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