For a Better Night’s Sleep & Beyond
Does it ever feel like you are always waking up on the wrong side of the bed? If so, you might be struggling with sleep apnea. Nearly 5 million Canadians experience sleep apnea, a health condition that affects your sleep quality, mood, and overall health. However, sleep apnea symptoms can be so subtle that you may not know you have them.
Our team is here to help. Book an appointment today so we can diagnose the cause of your sleep apnea and provide a treatment suited to your needs.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that disrupts your breathing while you sleep. There are a couple of different ways sleep apnea can occur, but they can all lead to symptoms that affect your health and day-to-day life.
You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, have trouble staying asleep, or feel excessively tired during the day. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, or depression.
To learn even more about sleep apnea and how it’s treated, take a look at Dr. Adatia’s official sleep apnea website here:
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, occurring when your throat muscles relax and close while you sleep. As your airway narrows, it can cause breathing difficulties and snoring. You may have a higher risk of developing OSA if you are overweight
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when your brain fails to send signals to the parts of your body that control your breathing. You may develop central sleep apnea if you have heart disease or have experienced a stroke.
Complex Sleep Apnea
Complex sleep apnea is a mix of both OSA and CSA symptoms. Complex sleep apnea generally starts when your brain fails to signal your body to breathe, but can also narrow your airway due to OSA symptoms.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is one of the most common treatments we recommend for sleep apnea. CPAP machines push air through your breathing passages with the help of a mask you wear while you sleep. CPAP masks may cover your nose, mouth, or both and can help you breathe easier at night.
Oral Appliance Therapy
In some cases, we may even design a special mouthpiece for you to wear while you sleep. This mouthpiece is specifically designed to open your airway by pushing your jaw and tongue forward, making it easier for you to breathe at night.
Find Help Breathing Easy
Sleep apnea can take a toll on your sleeping patterns and your overall health over time. If you struggle with sleep apnea, contact the team at Symmetry Dental, and we will get to work designing a treatment for you and your needs.