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Sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea - Newmarket dentists by Woo Dental

Obstructive sleep apnea disorder can be severe. While sleeping, it causes the breathing to stop and start repeatedly. The muscles of your throat relax during sleep and block your airway. Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. 

The following are some symptoms that you should watch out for:

  • Gasping, choking, and sudden awakenings
  • Loud snoring
  • During sleep, there have been cases of breathing stopping
  • A dry mouth and sore throat upon waking up. 
  • Sweating during the night
  • Trouble in concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • High blood pressure

Consult your Newmarket dentist if you snore loudly, then follow with a period of silence.  Those with obstructive sleep apnea snore most loudly when they sleep on their back, and they snore quieter when they turn on their side.

There are treatments available for obstructive sleep apnea, and they are effective. One solution for obstructive sleep apnea that your dentist in Newmarket will use is positive pressure devices. While sleeping, the device opens your airway. While sleeping, you may want to consider using a mouthpiece to move your jaw forward. Surgical intervention may be necessary in severe cases. 

Diagnosis

Your Newmarket dentist evaluates your condition based on your symptoms. As part of your physical examination, he will examine the back of your throat, mouth, and nose for extra tissue or abnormalities. Further, he will measure your neck and waist circumference. After completing the evaluation, your Newmarket dentist will refer you to a sleep specialist to complete additional assessments. The sleep specialist will conduct overnight monitoring to observe you while you sleep. 

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