Dr. Robert Axelrad Dental Office

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During the day as we go about our daily activities, we are generally in an up-right or vertical position.

As we breathe in and out there is a steady stream of air going into our mouths down into our lungs and back out again.

At night, as we are lying down (and in a horizontal position), this steady stream of in and out air is often disrupted.

The tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat often fall back and block the airway. Those affected generally stop breathing during the night for often a minute or longer. This is called Sleep Apnea.

There are different severities and types of sleep apnea:
1) Obstructive.
2) Central.
3) Mixed.

Obstructive is the most common and for the purpose of this and future blogs relating to the subject of sleep apnea, we will discuss issues relating to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A).
Let’s look at the signs of sleep apnea and what may arise if one suffers from this condition.

Signs
1) Headaches upon waking up in the morning.
2) Thirsty upon waking up in the morning.
3) Desire to sleep during the day.
4) Jerking of the limbs while sleeping.
5) Interrupted breathing during sleep and frequent choking.
6) Snoring. The spouse is often the one to notice this.

The effects of sleep apnea depend on the degree of O.S.A
Mild-moderate O.S.A:
1) Tired and drowsy during the day.
2) Memory loss.
3) Performance at work is affected.
4) A decrease in sexual interest.

Severe O.S.A:
1) Increased blood pressure.
2) Disturbance in heart rhythm.
3) Possible heart failure.

Conclusion
If we know that the problem is occurring because of a compromised ‘airway’, then we have to address what can be done to re-open the airway. Stay tuned for the next blog to learn more. Until then, breathe deeply…

Yours in good health,
Dr. Robert Axelrad, Brampton Dentist

 

Our office is now open. We are taking the following precautions to combat COVID-19;

  • A plexiglass barrier stands on the front desk in the waiting room.
  • All patients have their temperature taken with a non-touch digital infra-red thermometer.
  • All staff wear mask, gloves, gown, bonnet, goggles and face shield.
  • Hand sanitizers are readily available for staff and patient use.
  • Patients will wait outside or in their car until their appointment time.
  • No visitors are permitted in the office.
  • Social distancing will remain in effect in the office.
  • Patients experiencing influenza-like-illness (fever with a cough, sore throat or muscle aches) should not come to the office.
  • Air purifiers with hepa filters have been installed in each operatory and waiting room.
  • All COVID-19 precautions put forth by both the dental and hygiene boards have been put into force in the office.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Dr Axelrad and Staff