Sleep apnea is a disorder that increases your vulnerability to a number of serious medical issues including strokes and hypertension. Common sleep apnea symptoms are heavy snoring, daytime fatigue, reduced libido, and impaired intellectual function.
Dr. Anil Ralhan has been serving patients in Burlington and Oakville for over 15 years. If you suffer from sleep apnea, he’ll make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the treatment that’s right for you.
Getting the Care You Need
The obstruction that causes sleep apnea occurs in the airway. A qualified sleep dentist like Dr. Ralhan has had special training relating to the airway, and will often discover common sleep apnea symptoms during your regular dental examination.
If Dr. Ralhan notices possible indications of sleep apnea, he may ask you some questions about the type of sleep you’ve been getting and how you’re feeling throughout the day. The next step will be arranging a sleep study so you can get an official diagnosis from a physician.
A sleep test can be conducted overnight at a sleep clinic, but many of our patients prefer using a take-home device which is easier and less expensive. Whichever type of sleep test you choose, the results will be read by a doctor who will then provide your prescription for sleep apnea care.
If it turns out your heavy snoring isn’t a sign of sleep apnea, Dr. Ralhan still has effective treatments for you.
Have Your Questions Ready
Sleep apnea is very disruptive for your health and well-being. You’ll want to know the details of your treatment so you can get the relief you need. With that in mind, our team has put together this list of questions to ask when you arrive at your consultation:
- Is CPAP always the best treatment option?
- What causes sleep apnea?
- Are there risk factors that make some patients more susceptible to sleep apnea?
- Do you offer a take-home sleep study option?
- What are the potential risks of ignoring my sleep apnea symptoms?
- What should I do to prepare for my sleep test?
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age can sleep apnea develop?
Sleep apnea can occur at any age, even in infants. In children, it’s most commonly caused by enlarged tonsils and lymphatic tissues called adenoids. Sleep apnea can manifest on its own or can develop due to another health condition.
No matter the cause of your sleep apnea, it’s important to seek treatment and reduce the risk of long-term health complications. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea-related symptoms at any age, call our Ontario office at (905)-592-2283 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ralhan.
What if I snore, but don’t have sleep apnea?
At Ralhan Dental, we feature multiple treatment options for patients suffering from all types of sleep-related breathing problems. If a sleep physician has confirmed that you are free of sleep apnea, we can still treat your snoring problems with the help of a custom oral appliance.
Whether you’re suffering from sleep apnea or just normal snoring, you shouldn’t prolong seeking treatment. For the sake of your physical and mental health, it’s best to find a treatment and put an end to your restless nights.
Learn More Today
If you have any more questions about sleep apnea, Dr. Ralhan will be happy to speak with you. Call 905-592-2283 today to schedule your consultation. Or, just fill out the convenient form on the bottom of the page and we’ll get right back to you.