Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can diagnose and treat sleep apnea for patients in Montreal by recommending remedies including oral appliances and, in rare cases, surgery.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is classified as a breathing disorder. Brief interruptions in breathing during sleep are signs of this serious, potentially life-threatening condition.
The sound we all recognize as snoring happens when the palatal tissues in our partially blocked airway begin to vibrate. If the airway is completely blocked for certain periods of time, obstructive sleep apnea can occur. This condition poses a significant health risk for patients, as it can lead to heart problems.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can recommend dental appliances or surgical treatments for sleep apnea. We can diagnose your issue and help you decide which option is right for you.
Why Treat Sleep Apnea?
This potentially life-threatening condition can lead to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, strokes and heart attacks. It may also cause irritability and excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day. We can treat sleep apnea with dental appliances or surgical remedies.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can cause several symptoms such as:
- Extremely loud snoring
- Memory loss or memory problems
- Awakening with dry mouth or headache
- Heart attack
- Lack of energy
- Chronic sleepiness during the day
- Cardiovascular disease
Not only is snoring problematic for the patient, it can also cause issues for anyone sleeping near them. Because obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition, it's critical that it be treated properly.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Potential treatments for sleep apnea include:
At Clinique de Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale du Grand Montréal, we offer custom-fitted oral appliances to shift the tongue and lower jaw muscles to open the airway.
These adjustable devices adapt to your mouth and teeth, and help to improve your oxygen flow and keep you from waking throughout the night.
Continuous Positive Air Pressure Machines are electronic devices that use an internal fan to draw in outside air.
The air is then humidified and pressurized before being sent to the user through a connective base. The patient uses a face mask to breathe in the air.
This remedy is reserved for rare cases. We may recommend surgically removing the nasal obstruction that is blocking a patient's airway.