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Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Grand Prairie, AB

Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that interferes with healthy breathing patterns during sleep. It is characterized by snoring, which may be so loud that it affects the sleep quality of bed partners. Having sleep apnea can put a strain on relationships, cause daytime fatigue, and even lead to other secondary conditions like depression. Worse, severe cases of sleep apnea can be life-threatening. If you have symptoms, it is important to seek sleep apnea treatment in Grand Prairie.

Though snoring is a primary symptom of sleep apnea, not all people who snore actually have sleep apnea. As much as 50 percent of Americans snore at some time, whether occasionally or chronically. However, only 20 percent of American adults have sleep apnea. So how do you know the difference? Harmless snoring does not interfere with breathing patterns. Sleep apnea, on the other hand, causes breathing cessations and sometimes ‘gasping’ during sleep.

Why Should You Seek Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Seeking sleep apnea treatment is crucial not only for improving the quality of your sleep, but also for maintaining your overall health. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions if left untreated. These can include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea can lead to excessive daytime fatigue, decreased productivity, and accidents due to impaired reaction times.

Effective treatment can alleviate these risks, reduce snoring, improve your quality of sleep and, in turn, enhance your quality of life. Always consult with your healthcare provider if you suspect you have sleep apnea, or if you’re experiencing symptoms such as chronic snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, or morning headaches.

How Does a Dentist Screen for Sleep Apnea?

Dentists can play an integral role in identifying potential cases of sleep apnea as they are often the first healthcare professionals to recognize the common symptoms associated with this disorder. During routine dental check-ups, our Beaverlodge dentist can examine your mouth for signs of sleep apnea such as worn teeth (which may indicate teeth grinding — a common symptom of sleep apnea), an enlarged tongue, or a small jawbone, all of which could suggest possible airway obstruction during sleep.

Additionally, Dr. Woods might inquire about symptoms such as excessive daytime fatigue, snoring, or waking up gasping for air. If we suspects sleep apnea, we can refer you to a sleep medicine specialist for a comprehensive sleep study to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, a dentist who has specialized training in sleep medicine might also provide treatment for sleep apnea with devices such as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) that helps to keep the airway open, thus alleviating the symptoms of sleep apnea. You will be amazed at how the quality of your life improves after seeking sleep apnea treatment in Grand Prairie, AB.

An oral appliance used for sleep apnea treatment in grand prairie and excessive snoring by Dentistry On 43

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need sleep apnea treatment?

You may need to see a doctor if you or your partner have been awakened by your chronic snoring and/or gasping for air. Though this condition can be very dangerous, your doctor can help you discover ways of managing sleep apnea and protecting healthy breathing during sleep.

How will my doctor screen for sleep apnea?

Your doctor’s first goal will be to determine whether your snoring is benign or a symptom of sleep apnea. This may be determined by speaking with you and your partner about your symptoms. If you do not have a partner who can confirm snoring or breathing interruptions, your doctor may request a sleep study.

What types of sleep apnea treatments are there?

There are many ways of treating the symptoms of sleep apnea. This may include conservative approaches, such as a new sleeping position or the use of an oral appliance. If your apnea symptoms are severe or conservative treatments are not working, you may be prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) to open the airway. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Keep in mind that a diagnosis of sleep apnea is not always permanent. Many patients find that losing weight can be an effective way of opening the airway during sleep.

We Provide Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment in Grand Prairie, AB!

You deserve to enjoy a restful night of sleep and improve your overall well-being. Trust Dentistry On 43 to effectively diagnose and treat your sleep apnea to restore your health. Whether you’re a Beaverlodge local or traveling in from Grand Prairie, Dr. Woods, and Dr. Ruether are ready to treat you. Contact our office to book your appointment today.

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