Dentists in Calgary would agree that Sleep Apnea is a serious condition – and just because your bed partner isn’t giving you the elbow in the middle of the night doesn’t mean your snoring isn’t a symptom of this potentially serious breathing disorder. Affecting more than 10% of men over 40 in America and 6% of women – Sleep Apnea should not be ignored, as left untreated, it can be fatal.
Sleep Apnea involves breathing to be interrupted briefly while you sleep. The interruption in breathing usually lasts 10 – 20 seconds and can occur over a hundred times a night, leaving an individual exhausted, and without energy to face the next day. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to slow reflexes and concentration and therefore may cause an increased risk of accidents. NW Calgary Dentists who treat Sleep Apnea regularly will also attest to the increase risk to overall health with Sleep Apnea such as development of Diabetes, Heart Disease, Increased Blood Pressure, Stroke and Weight gain.
Dentists in NW Calgary often see patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea – where the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep, obstructing the airway, often causing the individual to snore loudly. Loud snoring may be a sign that something more serious is implicated. If you’re a male, overweight, a smoker, over the age of 65 and snore like a run-away train – you probably should seek a consultation regarding the potential for sleep apnea. Quitting smoking and losing weight will not only decrease the risk for sleep apnea but improve your overall health and dental health.
Dentists at Ranchlands Dental in NW Calgary are General Dentists familiar with treating the signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea. Providing dental appliances that increase airflow, by bringing the lower jaw or tongue forward during sleep; these NW Calgary Dentists are able to provide relief for patients experiencing Sleep Apnea. Patients attest to feeling more rested and alert during waking hours and no longer dread the thought of going to sleep. Dental appliances are successful in mild cases of Sleep Apnea and may not replace the need for CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) or other more involved procedures. NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental always recommend that you consult with your family doctor to rule out more serious conditions.
If you have Sleep Apnea and would like to discuss the option of a dental appliance – call Ranchlands Dental today – 403.239.5212 – Welcoming New Patients.