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Sleep Apnea Testing Calgary

Sleep Apnea Testing Calgary

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects breathing when sleeping. Individuals that have this condition experience shortage of breath at intervals during sleep.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA has a long-term negative impact on health. Without proper tests and treatment, this condition can lead to severe health issues like stroke, heart attack, and other life-threatening illnesses.

At Midtown Dental, we have trained dentists that observe the likeliness of a patient suffering from sleep apnea through their dental health. If a patient's teeth show signs of wear or have minor cracks or mouth tissue bruises, it may result from clenching the teeth, a sign of OSA.

Once we discover these signs, immediate sleep apnea testing Calgary and treatment are needed. In children, it can affect their facial growth and development. That is why we do this routine test at our sleep apnea clinic in Calgary.

Symptoms

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat which support vital tissues such as tonsils, palate, tongue soften or relax. The implication is the narrowing of the airways, which leads to a shortage of air and reduces the rate at which oxygen gets to the blood. 

As a result, breathing is affected. The brain prompts individuals with this condition to wake up at different times to breathe. It helps open airways and takes in more oxygen, affecting sleep. There are also symptoms such as; gasping or choking, loud snoring, tiredness when waking up, unrestful sleep, headache, anxiety, insomnia. 

Many individuals are not aware of this condition which is why we place a lot of importance on OSA testing in our sleep center in Calgary.

Sleep Apnea Testing

We perform test screenings in Midtown Dental. Our dentists are efficient and are experts at screening for the condition. For the best results, we work with sleep physicians to monitor the process, diagnose and work on treatment.

A sleep apnea test or polysomnogram, or PSG, is a sleep study involving machines monitoring sleep and recording certain physical activities. If there is any disruption in the sleep pattern, the polysomnography watches it and identifies the cause. Standard parameters measured include oxygen level in the blood, airflow, heart rate, breathing rate. Midtown Dental has the best sleep clinics in Calgary, AB. 

Treatment

After a diagnosis of sleep apnea has been made, patients may undergo another sleep study to monitor specific parameters and get more data. Our sleep specialist works on this data and uses the information to determine the best treatment options, oxygen therapy, and sleep apnea clinics.

There are two major treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. One involves using the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP machine. This machine sends a steady amount of oxygen into the nose and mouth when sleeping. It helps to keep the airways open. This machine is usually not portable and must be stationed and set up in a medical sleep clinic.

The second treatment option is the Mandibular Repositioning or Advancement Appliance. This equipment has the unique feature of adjusting the lower jaw to keep the airways open when sleeping. 

Midtown Dental has invested in using a highly effective treatment appliance. We use the Zephyr machine that doesn't only move the jaw but confirms response to treatment. Schedule an appointment now for your sleep apnea testing in Calgary. 

Midtown Dental
+1 403-228-5629
Sleep Apnea Testing Calgary
103-320 23 AVE SW
Calgary AB T2S 0J2

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Sleep Apnea Testing Calgary