Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sufferers Help is Here
If you share a bed with someone who wakes up gasping for breath it could be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Also known as OSA, this potentially serious condition causes the person to wake up several times every hour because he or she cannot breathe.
Dr. Judy Sturm voted Best Toronto Dentist is an experienced dental sleep medicine provider who also diagnoses the condition. While some Yorkville dentists can treat the disorder, not all are able to diagnose it.
Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
If you follow the Sturm & Associates Blog you will remember the following signs of OSA:
- Loud Snoring
- Breathing Cessations While Sleeping
- Morning Headaches
- Waking up Abruptly
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Dry Mouth
- Waking up with a Sore Throat
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Waking up Gasping for Breath
- No Energy
- Restless Sleep
- Tired While Driving
- Low Libido
- Mood Changes
While snoring is a major sign of obstructive sleep apnea, not everyone who snores suffers from OSA.
Researchers aren’t exactly sure what the direct cause of the disorder is, but there are some people who have a higher risk than others.
Those people include:
- People who are overweight
- Those with a large neck size
- People who have OSA in the family
- Chronic smokers and drinkers
- People on certain medications
- High blood pressure
- Chronic nasal problems
- Being a man
- People who have tonsils and/or adenoids
- Women in menopause
Help for OSA Sufferers
There is always help for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Sturm explains that losing weight could help as could switching medications. If you smoke, quit and if you drink alcohol try and cut down.
Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA
Unlike CPAP Therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy gently opens the airways using a customized mouthpiece or splint.
An oral appliance custom made by your dentist in Yorkville is easy to travel with and very easy to clean. CPAP machines are cumbersome, loud and for some, quite uncomfortable.
Toronto Sleep Apnea Dentist
If think you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea call and schedule an appointment. Furthermore, if you or someone you know has been experiencing some of the symptoms, it is vital that you talk to sleep apnea dentist Dr. Judy Sturm.
If OSA is left untreated other health problems can occur that include stroke, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure and heart attacks. OSA can also be responsible for accidents on the job, motor vehicle accidents and job impairment.
Don’t wait, call and schedule a dental sleep medicine consultation with Sturm & Associates. You really will get a better night’s sleep.
Call or send a text and make an appointment with your Yorkville dentist today.