Sleep Apnea Treatment Montreal
At our Montreal dental practice, we provide sleep apnea and snoring treatment to help our patients and their loved ones enjoy healthy sleep. Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey are experienced sleep apnea and snoring treatment providers and active members of the Montreal medical community. Using advanced treatments and techniques, our goal is to improve the quality of our patients' lives by reducing or eliminating the effects of sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring affects approximately 40 percent of adults by the age of forty. While snoring can be limited to inconveniencing yourself and your bed partner, it may also be a symptom of sleep apnea. To schedule your initial snoring / sleep apnea consultation, contact our Montreal practice today.
About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing patterns are interrupted during sleep. This cessation of breath can occur hundreds of times a night. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the catalyst for the emergence of more serious health conditions, including chronic sleepiness or fatigue, cardiovascular difficulties, and headaches. While snoring is not always accompanied by more serious conditions, it is sometimes an indicator of sleep apnea issues.
More than 20 million Americans are believed to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The condition occurs when the airway is obstructed during sleep. This can occur for a number of reasons. Those with particularly thick necks are sometimes more prone to sleep apnea than others, as are those who are obese, have high blood pressure, or smoke. Sleep apnea treatment at our Montreal practice focuses on freeing the obstructed airway to facilitate healthy breathing during sleep. Like top experts in the field, Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey understand that sleep apnea appliances are the primary course of therapy for mild and moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Because a sleep apnea sufferer may not become fully awake when airflow is restricted, but may nevertheless experience an interruption in sleep, daytime sleep apnea symptoms are sometimes the first to be noticed. In some cases, a loved one may observe what looks like choking or gasping for breath during sleep. At our Montreal practice, the appropriate sleep apnea / snoring treatment is determined through a careful analysis of the following experiences, as well as measurements of the body's reaction to sleep:
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth when awakening
- Sore throat when awakening
- Morning headaches
- Forgetfulness and trouble concentrating
- Night sweats
- Uneasy sleep / restlessness
- Awaking suddenly
- Sexual dysfunction
Epworth Sleepiness Scale
To determine your level of daytime sleepiness, fill out the Epworth Sleepiness Scale below using the following:
0 = would never doze or sleep
1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping
If you score a 10 or higher, we recommend consulting our doctors. It may be that you have an underlying sleep disorder, require more adequate sleep, or need to improve your sleep hygiene.
|Situation||Chance of Dozing or Sleeping|
|Sitting and reading||____|
|Sitting inactive in a public place||____|
|Being a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more||____|
|Lying down in the afternoon||____|
|Sitting and talking to someone||____|
|Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol)||____|
|Stopped for a few minutes in traffic
|Total score (add the scores up)
(This is your Epworth score)
Watch-PAT™ Sleep Apnea Screening
The Watch-PAT™ device is used at our Montreal practice to screen sleep apnea and assess the results of treatment. The device is used in the comfort of the patient's own home and is attached to the fingers to measure the body's reaction to sleep. With this data, we are able to better determine whether symptoms are the result of obstructive sleep apnea or another condition.
Sleep Apnea Appliances
During the treatment of sleep apnea at our Montreal practice, Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey keep your individual needs in mind. They use either airway pressure devices or oral appliances to open the constricted airway. Because some people are unable to tolerate continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), our practice offers oral appliances as an alternative. (Oral appliances may also be used in combination with CPAP; they minimize discomfort by decreasing the necessary pressure of the CPAP treatment). For example, the SomnoMed oral appliance is worn during sleep and resembles an orthodontic retainer. The appliance holds open the lower jaw and pushes it forward. This prevents the tongue from blocking the airway to facilitate normal breathing. On the other hand, an airway pressure device can provide pressure through the placement of a mask over the nose during sleep.
Learn More about Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment at Our Montreal Practice
If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea or snoring issues, our Montreal based team of professionals is equipped to provide you with the diagnostic care you need to determine the appropriate course of action, such as sleep apnea appliances. If sleep apnea or snoring treatment is deemed appropriate, we will work closely with you to ensure you understand all aspects of your care. To schedule your initial snoring / sleep apnea consultation, contact our Montreal practice today.