It is estimated that tens of millions of people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which causes them to stop breathing for a few seconds or up to a minute. A common cause of sleep apnea stems from the soft tissue and muscles around airways relaxing while a person sleeps. When these areas slacken or collapse, it temporarily blocks the air from flowing and causes the person to wake up abruptly.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
While these can vary, here are some typical sleep apnea symptoms:
- Gasping or choking when sleeping
- Constant and chronic snoring
- Increased body weight
The amount of sleep we get has a huge effect on our overall health. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, they are negatively impacting their overall health due to a significant decline in their quality and quantity of sleep. This can also negatively impact their family members, since they can also be inadvertently awoken by the gasping or snoring.
Sleep Apnea Screening
Regular dentist visits are important because it allows the dentist to screen you for oral health problems that lead to conditions like sleep apnea before they become severe.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to the following:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic acid reflux
- Higher risk for stroke
- Erectile dysfunction
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, book an appointment for a consultation. Further testing may be recommended after your visit with us to determine the extent of your sleep apnea and the best treatment option for your case.
Sleep Apnea Screening in Saskatoon
Do you wake up in the morning but feel like you haven’t gotten any sleep at all? Sleep apnea may be causing you to wake up. Give us a call to set up a consultation so we can let you know how we can help.
At Wheatland Dental, we provide treatment options and treatment as general dentists. Sleep Apnea most often involves more than one provider for diagnosis and treatment. This will involve your Medical Doctor, Sleep Medicine Specialist, ENT, and sometimes the Dentist. If you have any questions or concerns about the possibility of Sleep Apnea please ask us at your next dental visit.