Sleep Apnea Therapy
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Sleep Apnea in Calgary
Sleep is a critical time for the body to rest and repair.
Without it, the body can become host to a series of physical and psychological ailments.
It is a necessary ingredient for a healthy vital life, but studies show that 10% of the population is suffering from sleep deprivation due to sleep apnea.
If you feel more tired than you would like, you should not have to suffer through the day.
Perhaps sleep apnea is affecting you.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Often perceived as “just snoring”, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can occur if you have an overly relaxed tongue or throat muscles, enlarged tonsils or a small mouth/jaw that leaves no room for your tongue.
The consequence is a blocked airway while you sleep, causing oxygen deprivation.
Being overweight, drinking alcohol or taking sleep medication may also contribute. Those suffering from OSA can struggle with:
- Narrow maxilla
- Enlarged tonsils/adenoids
- Difficulty staying focused on tasks
- Excessive tiredness even after a long sleep
- Mouth Breathing
- Dark circles or constantly puffy eyes
Get Your Life Back
While obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition, Sierra Dental has different treatment options that bring our patients increased energy, focus and overall quality of life.
Custom orthotics or sleep apnea appliances can open the airway and help you get the rest you need to feel your best.
These innovative appliances are small, comfortable and easy to travel with so patients can enjoy the immediate result that a custom sleep appliance can provide.
Frequently Asked Questions
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to strokes, high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart failure. Please see your doctor immediately if you think you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can lead to lots of problems, such as:
- Snoring (which can be very disruptive for sleeping companions!)
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Type II diabetes
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
No. There are many causes of sleep apnea and wearing an Invisalign device is not one of them.
According to one study performed in 2009, the researchers found that giving people undergoing CPAP therapy a sleeping peel (eszopiclone – Lunesta) for the first two weeks helped them get used to the device, which in turn improved compliance later on.
However, clinical practice suggests that people with obstructive sleep apnea should not use sleep medications. This is because these pills tend to relax the airway tissue, increasing the risk of blocking the airway.
Sleep medications can be particularly risky for people with naturally lax tissues around the throat, a narrow airway, or overweight individuals since the extra fat in the neck area can constrict the airway.