Sleep Apnea

Do you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Some people can’t be sure…they are often tired and feel sleepy throughout the day, despite thinking that they had a good night’s sleep. Or so they thought!

The large majority of sleep apnea sufferers are unaware that they have this problem. It is often reported to them by other individuals who hear them snoring or say that they appear to not be breathing at times while they are sleeping.

For a limited time, The Accolade Dental Centre are offering a free examination to determine if you require treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where those experiencing it have very shallow breathing, and even moments where breathing pauses for a few seconds to minutes. The pauses between breathing can happen from 5 to 30 times every hour, and are referred to as an apnea, whereas the shallow breathing is referred to as a hypopnea.

Adverse Effects of Sleep Apnea

There are definite dangers associated with sleep apnea, the most immediate one being that carbon dioxide levels are elevated in the bloodstream as a result of extended pauses between breathing. As part of an involuntary response, the brain will send a signal to wake the person up from their sleeping state to have them breathe in air again. Restoring a normal breathing pattern will allow oxygen levels to return to a safe level, and then the person will usually fall asleep again, not even realizing that this pattern is occurring.

OSA, a common form of sleep apnea known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea is described as breathing patterns that are disrupted by a physical block to one’s airflow, and is often accompanied with snoring. The person experiencing the sleep apnea may not even be aware that they are having a hard time breathing, even after they wake up. It is a condition that is usually noticed first by another person who witnesses it happening, and secondly by the individual struggling with the disorder, who only suspects that something is wrong based on how they are often feeling sleepy or fatigued as a result of ongoing sleep disruptions. They may experience frequent daytime sleepiness, and find that their concentration and focus are impaired as compared to how they used to feel. Their reflexes may not respond as quickly, and they may also experience problems with their vision. Symptoms similar to what anyone would commonly experience as a result of ongoing sleep deprivation.

Just as with someone who may have stayed awake overnight or for a more extended period of time, sleep apnea presents the dangers of accidents happening as a result of decreased awareness and response time. An everyday activity such as driving a car can pose a serious risk, should the driver feel heavily drowsy, or even fall asleep while driving. Lack of sleep is also a well publicized cause for work related accidents, and at its worse, has even been attributed to accidental fatalities.

There are also other increased health issues resulting from inadequate sleeping behaviour, that affect one’s blood pressure, circulation, and blood-sugar levels.

Let our Experts Help

If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Here at The Accolade Dental Centre, we can test, diagnose and treat anyone who is experiencing the effects of sleep apnea.

Give us a call to book an informative and eye opening consultation!