Canadians are busier than ever, and it shows with how little sleep everyone is getting. In 2005, the average Canadian reported about 8.2 hours of sleep, but now a days, most people are getting by on just 7 hours. This is a big problem! Chronic fatigue is found to be a factor in increasing rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. It’s also a factor in accidental injuries and death, and it negatively affects mood with an increased risk of depression, irritability, and reduced well-being. To make matters worse, many Canadians who do manage to clock 8 hours routinely wake up still tired and haunted by brain fog. So what’s going on?
Do you have sleep apnea?
One possibility is sleep apnea. As a person sleeps, their muscles relax. In some people, this causes the soft tissues to collapse and block the airway causing an apnea — a fancy way to say someone isn’t breathing. A patient with sleep apnea may stop breathing for several seconds or even minutes hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea is usually accompanied by loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, and even memory problems. Left untreated, sleep apnea increases a person’s risk for serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to visit your doctor for a professional opinion.
CPAP is NOT the only option available to some patients.
Once diagnosed, most Canadians are prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. CPAP is very effective, but it requires patients to wear a face mask connected by a hose to a machine that runs all night. Unsurprisingly, many patients find the machine and the mask to be inconvenient, noisy, and uncomfortable, so fewer than half of those prescribed CPAP therapy actually use their machine nightly.
The Alternative: Non-Intrusive, and approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Our Calgary dentists are experienced in dental sleep medicine and can create a custom, oral appliance that is similar to a mouth guard. Worn only at night, this non-invasive appliance fits perfectly in your mouth and holds your jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues and protect your airway. Our oral appliances are approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), and they are silent, small enough for easy travel, provide custom comfort, and are simple to clean.
An oral appliance may be life changing…
Sleeping with an oral appliance can be life changing. With the help of your appliance, you may stop snoring, and you’ll wake up feeling well rested and ready for the day. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you’re tired of sleeping with a machine strapped to your face, a custom-fitted, oral appliance may be the best option for helping you get the rest — and the air — you need to feel healthy and alert.
It all starts with a simple MATRx plus test.
By looking over the results of an overnight sleep test, taken in the comfort of your home, your Calgary dentist will deduce whether you’re a good candidate for an oral appliance instead of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Our dentists take the time to go over your results with you. We discuss what they mean, how successful treatment may be, and what you can expect. We want you to make an informed decision as you choose which option is best for you.
You deserve a better night’s sleep.
All Canadians deserve to sleep and breathe easily. So if you suffer from sleep apnea, please consider taking a MATRx test with Centennial Smiles. There really isn’t any other treatment that can rival the comfort and ease of our oral appliances. Come by our conveniently located Calgary dental clinic today, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and get you started on the road to better sleep.
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