Do you often feel tired when you wake up in the morning? Notice you are drowsy or fatigued over the course of the day? Does your partner complain of your loud snoring or breathing while you sleep? You may be suffering from a common condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder which affects a patient’s ability to properly breathe while sleeping, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain and rest of the body.
At Richmond Hill Smiles, we offer custom-fit sleep apnea devices that can help manage your sleep apnea and associated symptoms. Our sleep apnea oral appliances prevent blockages occurring in your throat while you try to sleep and are an ideal solution for patients suffering from mild forms of sleep apnea. Those with more severe sleep apnea may require more invasive treatment options. We recommend a sleep study before starting any treatment options.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition which occurs when a patient’s muscle in their throat reduce or completely block the airway. As this happens, the patient is deprived of oxygen along with a restful night’s sleep. Due to the lack of sleep and oxygen, many patients experience a range of side effects, including extreme fatigue, mood disorders, and even headaches.
Due to the fact that sleep apnea is a condition which only occurs while sleeping, patients who have sleep apnea often do not realize it. Once diagnosed many patients are also usually in denial, wanting to avoid CPAP machines and the other annoyances often associated with sleep apnea and its treatment. However, you could have sleep apnea if you encounter any of these symptoms:
Along with the daily symptom sleep apnea causes, it can also greatly increase your risk of other general health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and even stroke.
Contact Richmond Hill Smiles today to start your sleep apnea treatment. We would be more than happy to discuss your condition and determine if our sleep apnea oral appliance is right for you.