If you find it difficult to stay awake and maintain a high energy level throughout the day, you may have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and can affect anyone at any age. It occurs when there is a blockage of the airways which is why sufferers often snore loudly or find themselves waking up short of breath. Those who have large tonsils or a larger than average neck size are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea because the back of the throat can get blocked easily.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, schedule a visit with Dr. TJ Imm for professional treatment. Our dentist may recommend any of the following treatments to restore proper breathing:
If you currently use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device and are experiencing difficulties using it, talk to us about alternative solutions. Some patients may have an allergy to the materials used in the device, experience claustrophobia or irritation and require treatment through other avenues. Dr. Imm has extensive training and experience in sleep apnea treatment options, and can work with you to determine the right solution.
Sleep apnea and disorders of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) are commonly connected. During an obstructive sleep apnea episode, the airway is blocked due to one or more factors. A misaligned jaw due to a TMJ disorder has been shown to contribute to this type of blockage, resulting in a need to address TMJ symptoms as part of a treatment plan. If you notice any symptoms including jaw pain, headaches or a bite that feels off, contact us for a personalized consultation.
If loud snoring is waking you up or keeping your partner up all night, you need to seek treatment as soon as possible. We can help you get your life back on track and restore healthy sleep patterns with appropriate treatment. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and can have life-threatening consequences if it is left undiagnosed. We are here to help you break the snoring habit and improve sleep quality.
Dr. Imm has undergone extensive training through the T&S Therapy Centre, a comprehensive learning program on craniofacial pain and sleep-related breathing disorders, to bring you the most up-to-date technologies and treatment options. He and our team can perform in-depth diagnoses and provide comprehensive care.
Learn more about treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring by scheduling your appointment at 5 Points Advanced Dentistry today.