What your dentist in London, Ontario wants you to know.
Occasional snoring is nothing to worry about, but if you wake up choking or gasping for breath, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can shorten your life. So how do you know if you have sleep apnea? There are some definite signs and symptoms to look for. Dr. Brock Rondeau at Dr. Brock Rondeau & Associates in London, Ontario, Canada wants to share his knowledge of the signs, symptoms, and treatment of sleep apnea.
When you suffer from sleep apnea, the tissue at the back of your airway relaxes and blocks your airway while you sleep. Your blocked airway results in interrupted breathing all through the night. Your vital organs don’t get enough oxygen to function well. Eventually, sleep apnea can cause a stroke, heart failure, diabetes, impaired memory and other serious health issues.
There are some definite signs and symptoms to pay attention to:
- Chronic loud snoring
- A sore throat when you wake up
- A headache when you wake up
- Waking up gasping for air or choking
- Chronic drowsiness during the day
Fortunately, there are effective ways to treat sleep apnea. The traditional method is wearing a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, also called a CPAP. You wear the CPAP over your nose and mouth and it delivers a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep. Some people find the CPAP uncomfortable to wear and stop treatment.
Dr. Rondeau offers another solution which is more comfortable and easier to wear. It’s called the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. It covers your upper and lower teeth and shifts your lower jaw forward while you sleep. The tissue at the back of your throat can’t collapse, so your airway stays open and you breathe normally. The oral appliance is easy to clean and portable.
For more information about sleep apnea and sleep apnea treatment, please read more here.
Get some relief from annoying and unhealthy sleep apnea symptoms. Don’t wait, because the health of your body depends on it. Get some help today by calling Dr. Brock Rondeau at Dr. Brock Rondeau & Associates in London, Ontario, Canada today!