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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Do you find it hard to stay awake during the day with no explanation or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be one of the millions of Canadians who are affected by sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically while you sleep. Each time you stop breathing, the lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Most people don’t remember their time awake and are falsely made to believe they are getting a good night’s sleep when they aren’t.

What are the signs of sleep apnea?
The following symptoms can indicate sleep apnea:

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Drowsiness and falling asleep during the day

Snoring is a common problem for many, including the estimated 80 million people in North America who struggle with it; however, it not only affects the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. Please talk to us about what snoring may mean and how we can help.

The three categories of sleep apnea:
• Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of sleep apnea, occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat.
• Central sleep apnea (CSA), though less common, occurs when breathing stops because the muscles involved don’t receive the proper signal from the brain.
• Lastly, some people suffer from “mixed” or “complex” sleep apnea, which is a combination of obstructive and central.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition; so don’t let any of these symptoms go unnoticed. Contact South London Dental Care Centre to discuss your symptoms today!

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