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Sleep Apnea

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The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
  • Morning headache
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Attention problems
  • Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat

Do you snore heavily and wake up tired after a full night’s sleep? If so, we can help. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) problem that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.

As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone.

At Tsawwassen Family Dental our team is committed to helping you get a better nights sleep!