Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that is caused by physical obstruction of the air passage. According to a study, 5.4 million Canadians are affected by sleep apnea. The obstruction in breathing can cause pauses in your breath for 5-10 seconds, which are then followed by snorts or gasps. This is quite damaging to your health affecting your sleep and even worsening any health condition you have.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Do you have sleep apnea? Keep an eye out for these signs:
- Jaw pain
- Worn front teeth
- Poor sleep
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Chronic headaches
- Pain when chewing food
How can Downtown Dental Help?
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you should visit a sleep disorder physician. However, you visit a dentist more often. The next time you visit Downtown Dental, tell our dentist about it. We assess and even provide remedies if you are affected by sleep apnea.
Mouth guards are easy to use – you just have to slip them in. They provide the appropriate support to the jaw so there is no obstruction that leads to sleep apnea.
An orthodontic retainer is recommended in severe cases of sleep apnea. It offers a much stronger and a more robust support to keep your airway open.
If you suspect that you suffer from sleep apnea, book an appointment with Downtown Dental Clinic. We are equipped to help you. We will assess the condition and offer the most appropriate treatment.