Sleep Apnea Treatment
in Barrie, Ontario
Sleep is the basis for our livelihood and the overall state of health. Learning more about how sleep and snoring can affect one’s health has become a very important part of our work with physiologic dentistry and we include questions about your quality of sleep during the initial consultation.
“I have been a patient of Dr. Robinson’s for several years. It is one of the most welcoming places I have ever visited. The experience with the front office staff, right down to the actual treatment was by far the smoothest and most comforting. Their approach to patient care and comfort is their priority. Their office is beautiful and extremely immaculate! Overall, the team at Dr. Michael Robinson’s office is fantastic and it’s evident that they love their work. I, without hesitation, highly recommend this medical team for any dental procedure. Thank you Dr. Michael Robinson Group for an upmost excellent and comforting experience.”
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a serious disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. The airway becomes narrowed by collapsing soft tissue and can even become blocked entirely. Typically, breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. While many people try to cope with snoring or the symptoms of sleep apnea, they may not realize how serious this can be to one’s overall health. Physiologically, every time there is a cessation of breathing, there is a lack of oxygen flow causing a three to four percent loss of blood oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. This is a life-threatening condition that a trained Physiologic dentist can diagnose.
Does this sound familiar? How has this affected your relationships, whether sleep apnea affects you or your loved ones? Our team can evaluate you for sleep apnea symptoms, explain the different types of sleep apnea, and discuss options for sleep apnea treatment.
Sleep apnea symptoms
Common symptoms may include but are not limited to:
- Loud snoring, commonly followed by gasping or even choking
- Irritated or dry throat in the morning
- Chronic fatigue or drowsiness
- Memory loss or challenges with daily functioning
- Depression or unexplained mood swings
- Worsening of ADHD
- Weight gain
- Onset of diabetes
- High blood pressure or increased cardio / cerebrovascular risk
- The risk for motor vehicle collisions
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. This is the more common type and should not be left untreated.
Central sleep apnea (CSA)
Central Sleep Apnea is when the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. This is less common and can happen as a result of a stroke or heart attack.
Mixed sleep apnea
Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of the OSA and CSA and is considered rare.
There is a common misconception that apnea solely affects obese males over 40 but the reality is, even health-conscious females can suffer from a range of sleep issues and it affects people of all shapes and sizes. Although excess weight can be a contributor, it is not the only factor. Experts agree male or female adults should be screened with an in-lab or at-home study, but certainly, any person identified with risk factors should consult with a trained professional.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dr. Michael Robinson is a graduate Fellow of LVI in the United States, trained as a Physiologic Dentist, and qualified to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. He will start a consultation by examining your mouth and throat and apply a physiologic approach looking at conditions associated with TMJ / TMD which often correlate with sleep disorders.
Long Term Management
After the initial examination, an asleep screening test will be recommended with likely referral to a sleep clinic for a formal sleep study (polysomnogram or PSG) and consult with a sleep physician. From these results, a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may be recommended and/or a CPAP machine. Dr. Robinson’s training is unique in that the fabrication of an oral sleep device is done using the most advanced physiologic techniques providing a very precise, comfortable, and effective fit. It will keep your airway open by holding your jaw or tongue slightly forward while you sleep. This will prevent any soft tissue from pressing against the airway, therefore effectively treating your snoring and sleep apnea.
There are many resources available for Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Ask our compassionate team about what physiologic dentistry can do for you.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
If you’re interested in learning more about sleep apnea treatment please contact us for a consultation at 705.737.2381 or schedule a consultation via our contact us form here. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.