Sleep Apnea is described as a disorder that affects a person’s breathing during sleep. Associated with the pausing of breathing one or more times during regular sleep – the pause in breath lasts anywhere from a few seconds to minutes – this disorder which robs people of energy can also steal their health and their lives, and should therefore never be ignored.
SW Calgary Dentist – Dr. Shairoz Meghji – explains that Sleep Apnea can be a highly destructive disorder – forcing couples to sleep in separate bedrooms, sufferers to be so lethargic in the day that holding done a job becomes challenging, and increasing the risk of serious health issues like high blood pressure, and risk for heart attack and stroke. Sleep Apnea doesn’t just ruin a night’s sleep – it can ruin a person’s life.
There are two types of Sleep Apnea – the common Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is due to throat muscles relaxing and blocking off the airway – and Central Sleep Apnea: which occurs as a result of the brain not sending the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing. Your Dentist in Calgary will focus on treating patients who are experiencing Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as it can often be successfully helped with the use of an oral appliance. Most people associate an oral appliance with a night guard or TMJ splint. But Sleep Apnea patients benefit from a custom made appliance that is designed to pull the lower jaw forward; preventing muscles and tissue of the throat from collapsing in to the airway. Sleep Apnea appliances are a non-surgical approach to control a patients breathing during sleep by aligning the lower jaw and tongue to maximize the airway. Not considered a permanent solution – a Sleep Apnea appliance has to be worn every night for the health benefits to be realized.
Dr. Meghji and her dental team at Apple Dental on Elbow Drive have witnessed the many advantages that Sleep Apnea appliances can provide – from enabling a patient (and their partner) to sleep soundly, to helping with disturbing snoring and breathing – addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea doesn’t just improve a patient’s sleep but their health and quality of life.
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