Do you feel tired when you wake up and over the course of the day? Are snoring and breathlessness problems which plague your sleep? If you’re experiencing trouble getting a good night’s sleep we may be able to help.
We offer a custom fit dental device to manage your sleep apnea or snoring problems. These oral appliances prevent blockages occurring in your throat when you sleep and often prove to be the ideal solution for patients suffering from mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat relax to either reduce or cut off the airway. To remedy this, a muscular jolt is triggered by the brain to stimulate the tissue and reopen the windpipe. Although this helps you breathe more easily, it also stops you falling into a deep sleep. With this cycle repeating as many as 30 times each hour, it can have an adverse impact on the quality of sleep, often unknown to the sufferer.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Because this is something which only occurs during sleep, it can be difficult to identify. A partner may notice loud, heavy snoring and intermittent breathing patterns, but there are other signs which may point towards this disorder, including:
- Excessive drowsiness throughout the day
- Mood swings and abnormal irritability
- High blood pressure
- Reduced libido
- Cardiovascular problems
- Short attention span and forgetfulness
- Increased anxiety levels or depression
Who Is Affected By Sleep Apnea?
While it’s true that it affects people of any age and physical condition, it’s more common amongst overweight men and more prevalent in people aged 40 or over. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be passed genetically from parent to child, but can also be suffered independently of your relatives. Because it’s so hard to diagnose due to the main symptoms only appearing during your sleep, many sufferers can remain oblivious to the disorder for years.
Book Your Consultation Now With Belman Dental
If you live in Toronto and are worried about signs of sleep apnea in yourself or a loved one, contact us today. We can take steps towards improving the situation and helping you to enjoy a good night’s rest once more. For more severe conditions, we can provide referrals to external experts who can get to the root of the problem.