Solutions for Sleep Apnea in Hamilton
According to industry estimates, as many as 50% of people experience snoring on a regular basis. In some cases, snoring is nothing more than an infrequent, annoying habit. However, chronic heavy snoring can be a more serious problem.
Any amount of snoring can disturb the sleep of others and cause a dry mouth or sore throat. However, heavy snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, which has been associated with hypertension, stroke and other cardiopulmonary conditions.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The term “apnea” derives from the Greek word “apnoia”, which translates to “without breath”. Doctors have identified 3 types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central and mixed, with obstructive being the most common. Although the 3 types of sleep apnea have different causes, all 3 can cause sufferers to stop breathing at various times during the night, often for a minute or longer.
Signs of Sleep Apnea:
- Choking or interrupted breathing that occurs during sleep
- A strong urge to sleep during waking hours
- Waking up with a headache
- Arms & legs twitching or jerking while asleep
- Awakening tired & thirsty
- Chronic snoring
Sleep Apnea May Result In:
- Extreme fatigue during daylight hours
- A decline in work performance
- Memory impairment
- Loss of sexual desire
A denturist can treat your snoring or sleep apnea by fitting you with an oral appliance that is specially designed for that purpose. These appliances are small and easy to wear and weigh only a couple of ounces, making them convenient for travel. Oral appliances are relatively inexpensive when compared to alternative treatments, such as surgery or CPAP (constant positive air pressure) devices. They are non-invasive and do not require surgery, and some insurance providers cover the cost of treatment. Custom fitting is simple and painless.
If you suffer from chronic snoring or sleep apnea, Barthman Denture Clinic can help. Please call or visit our clinic to schedule an appointment. Contact us now at (905) 662-7521