OSA are You a Silent Sufferer?
If your partner has been complaining about your snoring, it’s time to call your primary care physician because you could have OSA.
Although it could be harmless it could be a sign that something more serious is going on. That something more serious could be OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. According to Sturm & Associates it is very serious.
OSA Dentist Toronto
If you follow this dental blog you will know that obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder. It is a disorder that causes you, or the person suffering to wake up 30 times or more every hour. You can only imagine what that does to the rest of the body.
With that being said, it isn’t just cessations in breath that you should be concerned about. Below are a few more signs of obstructive sleep apnea.
- Loud Snoring
- Wittnessed Breathing Cessations
- Dry Mouth Upon Waking
- Morning Headaches
- Low Libido
- Troubling Staying Awake
- Mood Swings
Oral Appliance Therapy in Toronto
Sturm & Associates provides help for people diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. That help consists of oral appliance therapy along with recommendations for OSA therapy. Some of those could include weight loss and meditation for stress.
While there is no one cause for the disorder studies suggest that some are more apt to have the disorder than others.
OSA Risk Factors
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic Nasal Congestion
- Narrow Airways
- Family History of OSA
Although some of the above can’t be helped there are ways you can reduce your symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Reducing OSA Symptoms
Dr. Judy Sturm recommends that you lose weight if you are carrying too many pounds. Lose weight because fat around your airways will obstruct your breathing.
While post menopausal women have a higher risk of OSA, being a man has an even higher one. Men are three times more likely to suffer than women.
If you suffer from high blood pressure and have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your symptoms of hypertension.
Smoking and night drinking are also to blame for OSA. If you smoke quit, if you enjoy a glass of wine at night try to drink it at least an hour before bedtime. This will reduce your risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Help in Toronto
If you have OSA or have recently been diagnosed, find out what Sturm & Associates can do for you with oral appliance therapy and schedule an appointment today.