What is Victoria Sleep Apnea?
In Greek the word “apnea” means without breath. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common disorder in which a person experiences one or more pauses in breathing while sleeping. Lasting from a few seconds to minutes, these breathing pauses can occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Normal breathing usually starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
If you suffer from Sleep Apnea in Victoria you are not alone. Over 40 million people suffer from the effects of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Risk factors for Sleep Apnea in Victoria BC are the same as those worldwide. They include being over 40, male, (1 in 4!) and carrying some extra pounds. There are some physical characteristics that may predispose a person to sleep apnea including the shape of head and neck resulting in a smaller airway. Sleep Apnea is found in Victoria and can strike ANYONE at ANY age, even children.
How can your Victoria dentist help your sleep apnea?
Dr. Babin offers a range of orthodontics services including appliances that treat snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you live in Victoria and suffer from Sleep Apnea you may be a candidate for a fully adjustable oral appliance. Contact Dr. David Babin at Babin Dentistry for Sleep Apnea care in Victoria, BC.