Centre 70

218–7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary AB, T2H 0L7
(403) 258-3997


635-5111 Northland Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2L 2J8
(403) 247-3616

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be a precursor to sleep apnea

Snoring can be a lot more than an irritant to a bed partner or others within earshot. It is often a precursor to a more serious, life threatening disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. John Tamminen has clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliances. Oral appliances have been shown to help open up the airway to allow you to breath and sleep normally. Call TLC Dental Care today to book a private consultation with Dr. Tamminen.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, from the Greek word meaning “without breath or want of breath,” is defined as a cessation of breathing during sleep for 10 seconds or longer.

People with sleep apnea often complain of excessive sleepiness during the day. They may have trouble concentrating, or become unusually forgetful, irritable, depressed or anxious. Many fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as during work or while driving. People with sleep apnea are two to five times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident than those who don’t suffer from this disorder.

Family members, employers or co-workers may be the first to recognize a change in behavior or mood. Often the sufferer seeks help because they have trouble sleeping. They may complain of frequent awakenings, gasping for air or thrashing about during sleep. Many sufferers awaken with a headache and dry mouth. There is often a decreased interest in sex and men may complain of erectile dysfunction. These problems can appear suddenly or over time, and are often downplayed or go unnoticed.