Sleep Apnea

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If your partner has reported that you snore loudly or make choking noises while you sleep, you may have sleep apnea. If these symptoms persist, they should be brought to your doctor’s attention.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed by a medical specialist using data collected from special equipment that monitors your air flow, heart rate, oxygen saturation and other factors during sleep. This information allows your doctor to analyze your sleep and make the right diagnosis.

Since only a doctor is capable of telling you if you have sleep apnea, you should not wait if you experience:

  • Frequent headaches when waking up
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sleepiness at the wheel or at work
  • Concentration problems
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

Most people with sleep apnea do not realize they have it. Often, it is a partner, spouse or even a roommate who will notice that your breathing stops when you sleep. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, do not hesitate to talk to your Montreal dentist.

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Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea

CPAPs are effective, but many people find them uncomfortable. Our dentists offer a comfortable oral device to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Worn at night, they keep the airways open by lowering the lower jaw and gently moving the tongue forward so it does not obstruct the airways. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, consult the dentists at Monk Dental center to find out more about your treatment options.

Is the diagnosis of sleep apnea permanent?

That depends in part on you. Treatments can be effective in keeping the airways open, but many of the causes of sleep apnea are lifestyle-related. Some risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Cigarette use
  • Consumption of alcohol and drugs
  • Being overweight
  • Being inactive

Efforts to change bad habits are worthwhile because when sleep apnea is not treated it increases your risk of suffering from certain health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke

The risks of untreated sleep apnea are far too great to be ignored. If you think you may have sleep apnea or if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but have not yet received treatment, contact us today at 514-768-3331 to take an appointment and find out how we can help you.

At Monk Dental center, we are sleep apnea professionals you can trust.

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