Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring
If your partner is keeping you awake at night because of his or her snoring, it could be an indication that something else is going on. Of course, not everyone who snores suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, but it is a major sign of OSA.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If you follow the Sturm & Associates Blog, you will remember that obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a condition that billions of people suffer from. The condition happens when the back of the throat relaxes making it difficult, if not impossible, to sleep. When this occurs, the brain wakes the person up so that he or she can breathe again.
These breathing cessations can happen as many as thirty times or more every hour, which is probably equivalent to hundreds of times a night. As a result it makes it very hard to get a good night’s sleep. People with OSA suffer from headaches, depression, insomnia, mood swings and more.
OSA can lead to life threatening conditions, including heart attack and stroke. With that being said, obstructive sleep apnea does not have to be a life sentence thanks to your dentist in Toronto, Dr. Judy Sturm.
Signs That You Suffer from OSA
- Waking up tired and restless
- Daytime tiredness
- Headaches and neck aches
- Waking up suddenly gasping for breath
- Breathing cessation witnessed by another person
- Loud snoring
- Waking to use the bathroom
- Sexual dysfunction
People at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
While is no one cause, there are people who are in the high risk category for obstructive sleep apnea. These include, but are not limited to:
- People with large necks, men over 18” women over 16”
- Overweight or obese people
- People who smoke
- People who have a family history of OSA
- People over 65
- Postmenopausal women
- People on certain prescription and over the counter medications
- High blood pressure sufferers
- People who have diabetes
Sturm & Associates for a Good Night’s Sleep
Sturm & Associates recommends oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike CPAP therapy, which is usually abandoned because of discomfort after a few months, oral appliances are comfortable and custom made to fit. Because of this reason, your Yorkville dentist recommends oral appliance therapy for OSA.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy in Toronto doesn’t make noise and won’t bother you or your partner. The oral appliance keeps your lower jaw forward. This prevents your tongue from blocking your airway. Oral appliance therapy is best for people suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy in Yorkville
If you think you may be suffering from OSA, call, text or send a DM to the team from Sturm & Associates. A better night’s sleep is just a phone call away with oral appliance therapy in Toronto.
Call and schedule your no obligation oral appliance therapy consultation with Sturm & Associates today.