Cataraqui Dental Centre: Helping you get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes your breathing to stop while you sleep. This usually lasts between ten and 30 seconds and can happen many times throughout the night. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
It’s estimated that 5.4 million Canadians have been diagnosed with or are at high risk of experiencing sleep apnea. Dr. Nick Cosman, Dr. Brett Empringham, Dr. Patrick McDonough, Dr. Tom Holmes, Dr. Gordon Lansdown, and Dr. Karen Nesbitt, along with the highly qualified dental team at Cataraqui Dental Centre, may be able to help you manage your sleep apnea to ensure you have a safe, restful night’s sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
There are several types of sleep apnea but the most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This type of apnea occurs when the throat and tongue muscles relax during sleep and cause the airway to become blocked.
Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
- Sleepiness while driving
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
Sleep Apnea Treatment at Cataraqui Dental Centre
Our doctors offer an oral device that positions the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage. A common treatment prescribed by sleep doctors is CPAP therapy, which utilizes a positive airway pressure ventilator. Oral sleep devices at our Kingston dental office can be very effective for people who have difficulties getting used to their CPAP machine or are looking for an alternative to CPAP.