Many people who suffer from acute sleep apnea never receive a diagnosis from their doctor. If you snore, grind your teeth, or are a petite woman, you are particularly at risk. Talk to your dentist about acute sleep apnea Toronto diagnosis and treatment.
What Is Acute Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing while you sleep due to your airway closing. To start breathing again, you need to tense your muscles, but this stops you from being able to relax. This ruins the quality of deep stage sleep, the stage when human growth hormone (HGH) is released.
Many aspects of your health are impacted by HGH. The hormone controls tissue repair, healing, and some brain functions. Without HGH, your body ages faster, you feel tired, you have an increased risk of depression, disease, and obesity, and you have lower energy and cardiac function.
What Can Your Dentist Do?
By preventing sleep apnea, you improve the quality of deep stage sleep. Your dentist can treat the condition by providing you with a custom-made oral device to keep your airway open.
The most common appliances fit resemble mouthguards. They keep your tongue and jaw in the right places to stop your airway from closing. This allows you to relax all your muscles and to fall into a deep sleep without needing to become tense to keep breathing.
Another option to open your airway is a CPAP or APAP machine. Again, you will receive an oral appliance like a mouthguard, but you will wear this with a machine. Many people find it difficult to sleep with a CPAP machine, as the air pressure is high. In these cases, an APAP machine is a good alternative, as it adjusts the air pressure according to what you need.