What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious respiratory disorder associated with sleep, causing a decrease or interruption of your normal respiratory flow.
If you snore regularly and have difficulty functioning during the day because of fatigue, lack of energy or morning headaches, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
At Dentisterie Intégrale, we offer a screening service for sleep apnea and snoring. If the results require a more complete evaluation, we'll refer you to a sleep clinic.
The Risk to Your Health
Obstructive sleep apnea is the best-known form of apnea. It's a condition that causes us to stop breathing several times during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea deprives the body of vital oxygen.
The effects are numerous, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. If sleep apnea remains untreated, the risk of serious problems, such as heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrhythmia, increases.
Treatment of Apnea
The ideal treatment for severe apnea is CPAP, a machine that delivers oxygen under constant pressure.
However, we offer an alternative for mild to moderate apnea: a mandibular advancement device to keep your airway open while you sleep. This device can also be used in combination with CPAP to reduce jaw pressure.