Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea Sufferers in Calgary

Sleep apnea causes our bodies to go without the necessary oxygen we need to survive in a healthy state. Imagine holding your breath for anywhere from 11 seconds to 2 minutes, 5-20 times an hour (this would impossible during waking hours). This is what is happening to those that suffer from sleep apnea. This inability to take in the oxygen you require causes your blood gases to dip down to where they shouldn’t be. This causes you to feel poorly, become unhealthy, and causes many other health related concerns you may have to worsen.

Do you or someone you love experience any of the following symptoms?

  • Fatigue upon waking in the morning
  • High Blood Pressure
  • G.E.R.D. (acid reflux)
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Clench or grind your teeth
  • Snore or have had someone tell you that you snore
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Overweight
  • Irritability
  • Men: neck size 17” or larger
  • Women: neck size 15” or larger
  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Feeling foggy or confused

If you have answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may be suffering from some form of sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can take 10-15 years off of your life. To put this into perspective, smoking and diabetes can take an average of 5-10 years off of your life.

Did you know?

  • 50% of the population is sleep deprived?
  • Undiagnosed, untreated sleep apnea raises by 45%.
  • 50% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by sleep deprivation.
  • 36% of all fatalities in motor vehicle accidents are a result of sleep deprivation.
  • An estimated 50% of the adult population suffers from sleep apnea.
  • Otherwise healthy men with sleep apnea between the ages of 40-70 years old are twice as likely to die than those without sleep apnea.
  • Grinding your teeth at night is often the body’s effort of doing CPR as a result of sleep apnea.
  • 30% of pregnant women suffer from sleep apnea.
  • 80% of night time strokes are associated with sleep apnea. You may have thought it odd that strokes occur at night time while people are relaxed and asleep. The truth is that people suffering from sleep apnea are anything but relaxed while they sleep.
  • 40% of the adult population has sleep apnea but less than 10% know they do.
  • Many health conditions such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, reflux, heart arrhythmias, and heart conditions are worsened with the presence of sleep apnea.

Did you also know that people with sleep apnea often suffer from being overweight? Because their bodies lack the necessary oxygen and sleep it requires, a hormone called Ghrelin is emitted into the body. This hormone causes the body to think that it is experiencing hunger. When that happens, the person often ends up overeating which causes them to gain weight. This tends to be a circular problem since the more excess weight you carry, the more prone you can become to making your sleep apnea worsen.

Wouldn’t it be exciting to wake up in the morning feeling rested and awake? Wouldn’t you love to sleep in the same room as your spouse again? Aren’t you already looking forward to the possibility of improving some of your current medical conditions, or at least not making them worse? Schedule an appointment with us to see how a dental appliance can help you relieve your sleep apnea symptoms and side effects.

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