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Sleep Apnea – How it Impacts Your Entire Health

Has your loud snoring driven your partner in to the spare bedroom?  Is midday sleepiness impacting your work performance?  Are you experiencing frequent headaches and forgetfulness?  Sounds like you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

There are two main types of sleep apnea – Obstructive Sleep Apnea that involves the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapsing in and blocking the airway – and Central Sleep Apnea that occurs when the brain doesn’t send the appropriate signals to the muscles that control breathing.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is more commonly diagnosed and impacts people of all ages – even children.  From impotence, moodiness, insomnia and weight gain – Sleep Apnea isn’t just about a bad night’s sleep as its negative influence can have far reaching effects.

How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?

Calgary Dentists at Apple Dental Group on Elbow Drive recommend a patient visit their family doctor for a thorough exam and diagnosis if Sleep Apnea is suspected.  Self-diagnosing and buying online products that claim to ease symptoms should be avoided as Sleep Apnea can often be masking more serious health issues.  Once a diagnosis has been made by your family doctor you can explore options to help deal with the condition.  Many dentists assist patients who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea by having a custom appliance made that is worn during hours of sleep.  Custom made from a mold of a patient’s mouth – a lab fabricates an appliance that brings the lower jaw forward – opening up the airway and increasing oxygen intake.  The advancement of the lower jaw helps to reduce loud snoring and the tendency to gasp for air – reducing Sleep Apnea symptoms and improving the quality of sleep.  Once Obstructive Sleep Apnea is controlled a patient soon reports improvement to daytime sleepiness, headaches and mental fogginess – and overall health and vitality improves.

A bad night’s sleep gives most people reason to be in a bad mood – but repeated nights of restlessness and lack of oxygen can have a negative impact on a person’s health.  Don’t ignore signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea – get help today – 403.640.4000

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