Sleep Disorders & Sleep Apnea:
Is your spouse/bed partner searching for a solution to your poor sleep habits? Do they get concerned about your erratic breathing during sleep or just get frustrated because your snoring keeps them awake?
There are many sleep breathing disorders, but one of the most common ones is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA for short). Many people don’t realize that dentists can help manage OSA and improve their quality of life.
Sleep breathing disorders are a medical disease. We work with your physician to treat your OSA. Oral appliance therapy is an accepted and proven way to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. It can also be useful in cases of severe apnea where people have trouble sleeping with a CPAP machine.
Poor quality sleep can lead to daytime sleepiness with its associated risks (such as motor vehicle accidents), and be associated with high blood pressure, mood swings, problems concentrating on tasks, Diabetes Mellitus, cardiac arrhythmias, and death.
If you know you suffer from poor sleep habits or your significant other has mentioned it TO YOU, we can work with your family doctor to provide simple solutions that correct this problem, improve the quality of your sleep and enable you to live a happIER, healthIER and MORE productive life.
You will find more information on this page about the effects of OSA. If you would like a consultation to understand your options, please contact us at 416-770-8526 or complete a request for an office visit.
Raising public awareness and understanding of sleep disorders like OSA is the first step to early recognition, which leads to professional diagnosis and treatment. Being alert and aware of the indicators outlined above can allow you to seek professional advice for yourself or your loved ones, and if required, a course of treatment to cure or manage this condition.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may be suffering with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), please call your physician, your dentist, or our office to get them on the road to better health and an improved quality of life.
Diagnosis is the first step to successfully dealing with the challenges of OSA.
There are assessment questionnaires that you and your partner can fill out to help determine the probability of OSA. These forms, called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and the Bed Partner Survey are included with this WHITE paper.
On average adults will live with OSA for 10 years before it is actually diagnosed. Children live with OSA for almost 4 years until a diagnosis is made. Our goal is to raise the awareness of the public to recognize some of the signs of OSA so that those suffering from this condition can be identified and treated earlier. OSA in children can often be completely cured, whereas in adults it can only be managed. In Canada, due to its complex nature and far reaching medical implications, OSA must be diagnosed by a medical doctor. However, dentists can and do often play a major role in the management of this condition.
The result of recognizing and treating OSA as early as possible can be a much improved quality of life and, in severe cases, even the saving of lives. To read the full spectrum of treatment options - and for much more information, download our free white paper above - and listen to our Podcast on this page!
Dr. Marty Frankel: Sleep Apnea Podcast