Obstructive Sleep Apnea is Cause for Alarm
If your partner has been keeping you awake at night because he or she claims you stop breathing all the time, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Sturm & Associates. Those breathing cessations could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.
People who share a bed with someone are quite lucky as those breathing cessations are not usually noticed by the person who is having them. Because the episodes happen so quickly, people who are suffering go straight back to sleep. Nevertheless, the consequences of those breathing cessations can be deadly.
Diagnosing and Treating OSA
Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is easily diagnosed and treated by your dentist in Toronto. Dr. Judy Sturm is a dental sleep medicine doctor who has the experience and training to diagnose and treat mild to moderate OSA.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Symptoms
Obviously if you are witnessing someone who is having breathing cessations it’s imperative that you schedule an appointment with a dental sleep medicine practice in Yorkville. Those breathing cessations are a huge sign, but so are these symptoms.
- Loud Snoring
- Witnessed Breathing Cessations
- Waking up Gasping for Breath
- Morning Headaches
- Dry Mouth
- Lack of Libido
- Extreme Daytime Fatigue
- Constant Need to the Bathroom while Sleeping
- Memory Loss
- Lack of Concentration
Always Treat OSA
If left untreated OSA has potentially deadly consequences that include heart attacks, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke. If you have obstructive sleep apnea you are also in the high risk category for Type 2 diabetes.
It’s important to note that not sleeping well causes daytime drowsiness as well. Falling asleep at the wheel is almost always deadly. Falling asleep while you are working can also prove fatal, especially if you work with heavy machinery or equipment.
OSA and Dental Sleep Medicine
Dr. Sturm explains that dental sleep medicine is the gentle way to put you back to sleep. Because each case is different, your sleep medicine doctor will custom design a treatment plan based on your needs. Treatments that Dr. Sturm might recommend include oral appliance therapy.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Dr. Sturm explains that oral appliance therapy, unlike the most common treatment for OSA, CPAP therapy, is more comfortable. That means that people are twice as likely to continue with oral appliance therapy for OSA.
If you follow this blog you will recall that CPAP therapy uses a hose that is connected to a mask and a machine. While CPAP machines have changed over the years they are not as small and compact as oral appliance therapy devices are.
Along with oral appliance therapy, your dental sleep medicine doctor might recommend relaxation, meditation or other types of treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.
Treat OSA Today
If your partner, you or someone you know could be suffering from OSA, call and schedule an appointment with Sturm & Associates. The sooner you know the better off you will be.