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At our sleep apnea clinic, Dr. Dahan prides himself in providing quality care for temporomandibular disorders, bruxism, and sleep disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Our center uses only proven, holistic, and nonsurgical therapies in alleviating your pain and sleep disorders. With Dr. Dahan, you can rest assured that you are in capable and caring hands!
Dr. Dahan is a published author and has lectured at Harvard University, Tufts University, and McGill University. He has a “Qualified Dentist” designation with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. His previous industry roles include sitting on the advisory committee of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and teaching sleep and pain to dental residents at McGill University. Dr. Dahan recently won the Top 40 Under Forty Award from the prestigious Ottawa Business Journal. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and three young children.
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Botox has been known to treat migraines and headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals to your brain. Basically, Botox is acting as a roadblock, preventing pain from reaching your head and neck.
This is the first FDA-approved method for preventatively treating chronic migraines and headaches. Patients who use Botox for migraines and headaches report feeling pain relief within 10 to 14 days after treatment.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, sometimes, in rare cases, even children. There are a few risk factors associated with sleep apnea, some of which include:
- Excess weight: Obesity greatly increases the risk of sleep apnea due to fat deposits around your upper airway possibly obstructing your breathing.
- Large neck size: A larger neck can result in a more narrow airway.
- Age: Sleep apnea occurs significantly more in adults.
- Male gender: Men are two to three times more likely to develop sleep apnea than women.
- Medical conditions: High blood pressure and congestive heart failure are just a few conditions that may increase your risk for sleep apnea.
- Family history: Having family members with sleep apnea can potentially increase your risk.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, schedule a consultation at our Ottawa sleep apnea clinic by calling (613) 454-1854. During this consultation, Dr. Dahan will review your oral health and determine if you would benefit from undergoing a sleep study.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. This happens due to the muscles in your throat relaxing. Since you can’t get enough air, your brain senses your inability to breathe, briefly waking you from sleep so that you can reopen your airway.
Central sleep apnea is the less common form and occurs when the brain fails to transmit signals to your breathing muscles. Essentially, this means that you make no effort to breathe for a short period. You may awake with shortness of breath or have a difficult time getting to sleep or staying asleep.
Sleep apnea has been linked to serious health consequences if left untreated. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart disease
- Chronic fatigue
Sleep apnea won’t go away on its own. Luckily, with proper treatment, you can begin to reverse any harmful effects of sleep apnea. If you’re experiencing sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan at our Ottawa sleep apnea clinic by calling (613) 454-1854. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, we’ll create the right treatment plan for you.
While there are a few natural remedies that may help alleviate your symptoms, the best way to end your pain is by combining natural remedies with trusted techniques. Some natural remedies include:
- Eating softer foods
- Limiting jaw movements
- Jaw exercises
- Ice or heat
- Over-the-counter pain medications
If you suffer from TMD, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan by calling our Ottawa sleep clinic at (613) 454-1854. During this consultation, he’ll review your oral health and determine if you’d benefit from an oral device.