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“It has been estimated that 90 million people in North America have breathing problems leading to snoring and sleep apnea”

Snoring and Insomnia

Snoring and sleep apnea is a serious health risk.  It has been estimated that 90 million people in North America have breathing problems leading to snoring and sleep apnea.  Patients who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea are at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes due to high blood pressure as a result of lack of oxygen.

Snoring occurs when the tongue partially blocks the airway while the patient sleeps on their back.  Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue completely blocks the airway.  Both situations are harmful since the patient is deprived of oxygen.

Some patients actually stop breathing for 30 seconds or more many times each night causing them to wake up several times during the night gasping for air.  When they are deprived of oxygen a patient may have problems getting to sleep, waking up frequently at night, nighttime grinding of teeth, loss of memory, and/or difficulty concentrating.

Many patients are prescribed a CPAP unit which consists of an air compressor that forces air up the nose in order to open the airway.  While the CPAP is successful, 60% of patients are non-compliant after one year.

Patients much prefer to wear an oral appliance that repositions the lower jaw and tongue forward which opens the airway.

Patient compliance with oral appliances is over 90%.

Signs and symptoms

The number one sign of a sleep apnea disorder is daytime fatigue.  Excessive weight is one of the main causes of snoring and sleep apnea.  Men with neck sizes more than 17” or women with more than 16” have a greater tendency for these problems.

Snoring and sleep apnea may cause high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, chronic fatigue, heartburn, Type 2 Diabetes, depression, morning headache, impotence, lack of energy and memory loss.

Dr. Farid Shodjaee and his caring staff with over 60 years of combined experience may be your solution to a quiet night’s sleep.  With the use of specific diagnostic equipment, including the Rhinometer, which evaluates your nose and the Pharyngometer which will evaluate your airway, a proper diagnosis will be made.

rhinometer

Rhinometer

pharyngometer

Pharyngometer

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine stated in the January 2006 issue of the medical journal. Sleep, that oral appliances are the first treatment option for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. if you are suffering from this sleep disorder, please call Jenny at 613-216-2016 or email farid@drfarid.com for a screening appointment.

“It has been estimated that 90 million people in North America have breathing problems leading to snoring and sleep apnea”

Snoring and sleep apnea may cause:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Chronic Sleepiness
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heartburn
  • Depression
  • Morning Headache
  • Impotence
  • Lack of Energy
  • Loss of Memory

“Research has shown that use of an Oral Appliance to treat Sleep Apnea has reduced high blood pressure”

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