Sleep Apnea & Your Health in Ottawa, ON

Sleep apnea and TMJ treatments in Ottawa, ON

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Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly throughout the night. The continuous loss of oxygen has been linked to immediate and long-term health consequences. Explore the relationship between sleep apnea and your health.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

There are symptoms that pose as warning signs and indicate that you or a loved one should seek help.

Signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Loud or frequent snoring
  • Gasping for air when sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of energy
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to seek help right away and schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan by calling (613) 454-1854. During the consultation, he’ll listen to your symptoms, examine your mouth and throat, and determine if you’ll benefit from a sleep test. 

Seeking help immediately can help prevent more serious health implications.

The Impact on Your Health

The repeated loss of oxygen throughout the night can be detrimental to your health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences. Long term health complications may include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory loss

In addition to long term consequences, chronic sleep deprivation can exacerbate other medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD,  as well as cause relationship problems. Fortunately,  these complications may be reversed with treatment.

Treating Sleep Apnea

Treatment for sleep apnea is simple and can be initiated within a few steps:

  1. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan where he’ll assess your symptoms and examine your oral health to determine if you’ll benefit from a sleep test.
  2. You’ll undergo a sleep test that will determine whether or not you have sleep apnea.
  3. If diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can explain your treatment options, including the use of a customized oral appliance.

Beginning the path to a good night’s rest is only the start. Once your body gets the oxygen it needs throughout the night, you may start to see other areas of your life improve.

Restful Nights Await

When you get the quality of sleep you need, you’ll feel ready to take on your day with vim and vigor. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan by calling (613) 454-1854 or fill out our contact form. Seeking treatment can improve all aspects of your life, beginning with your health.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea & Your Health

Are there any risk factors associated with sleep apnea?
Are there any natural ways to treat sleep apnea?
Is occasional sleep apnea normal?
Can sleep apnea be cured?
Are there any risk factors associated with sleep apnea?

Yes, there are risk factors associated with sleep apnea. You may be at higher risk for sleep apnea if you’re:

  • Obese
  • Have a narrowed airway
  • Male
  • Older age
  • Use alcohol or sedatives
  • Use tobacco
  • Genetics 

Many people assume that sleep apnea will only affect people with these characteristics – however, all types of patients have been treated with this disorder including, babies, children, and slender women.

Are there any natural ways to treat sleep apnea?

Yes, there are a few natural remedies that can be utilized to treat sleep apnea. However, they may need to be used in combination with proven treatment methods, such as CPAP or an oral appliance, to be effective. Natural treatment methods include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly 
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco
  • Refrain from the use of sedatives
  • Adjust your sleep position
  • Utilize a humidifier

Dr. Dahan may recommend combining natural remedies with proven treatments for a more effective outcome.

Is occasional sleep apnea normal?

If you’re suffering from a more mild form of sleep apnea, you should still seek professional treatment. Sleep apnea is classified by severity. Mild sleep apnea is characterized by less than 15 interruptions per hour. Moderate severity includes 15 to 30 events per hour and severe sleep apnea consists of greater than 30 events in an hour.

The loss of oxygen during sleep can lead to severe health complications and should be taken seriously. Seeking treatment can immediately improve your overall well-being, reverse the effects of sleep apnea, and boost your quality of life.

Can sleep apnea be cured?

The only way to fully cure sleep apnea is by undergoing surgery. Since the surgery is very invasive, it’s a last resort. There are other effective treatments available to consider before surgery is even an option. If you’re living with sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan at our Ottawa office by calling (613) 454-1854. 

Your consultation with Dr. Dahan will consist of a mouth and throat examination, along with reviewing your symptoms to determine if you’d benefit from a sleep study. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can begin treatment right away.