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CVOS Oral Surgery’s Sleep Apnea Clinic was founded in 2009 as a result of the growing need for effective treatment our patients and the general public.
The purpose of the clinic, through the use of a suite of effective assessment tools, is to improve the quality of life of patients by diagnosing and treating possible sleep conditions using the most appropriate surgical and non-surgical treatments available.
Sleep apnea is a fairly common disorder in which a person has pauses in breathing while they sleep. Caused by a blockage of the airway, such as the tongue when it falls back during sleep, breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur from dozens to hundreds of times during the night.
Obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type) results in poor sleep quality, leaving you tired throughout the day. If left untreated, you will likely feel excessively sleepy during your day and may even experience an increase in the risk of such major health problems as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and heart failure.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you experience some or most of these symptoms, contact your family doctor or CVOS Oral Surgery to speak with our skilled team regarding your treatment options.
Each Sleep Apnea patient is different and the treatment options presented will be based on the results of their assessment and examination by a CVOS oral surgeon and our Sleep Apnea Clinic team.
However, some of the most common and effective non-surgical treatments include:
In patients with severe sleep apnea, surgical treatment may be the most effective option for the long term.
For patients unable to tolerate CPAP therapy, mandibular advancement surgery may be recommended. CVOS Oral Surgery’s leading sleep apnea doctor, Dr. Stephen Ho has pioneered a procedure that does not require the wearing of braces prior to surgery, which many patients find preferable.
Due to the similarities in facial and airway structure between parents and children, our Clinic also works with the children of sleep apnea patients to guide the development of the face and airway, minimizing the chance that a child will develop these conditions as they grow and mature into adulthood.
If you would like more information about our Sleep Apnea Clinic, please contact our office and ask to speak with the sleep apnea coordinator.
The CVOS Oral Surgery Sleep Apnea Clinic operates in our Mississauga location only. All new patients require an initial consultation with a Clinic doctor. This initial consultation is not covered by OHIP but our staff will assist you in completing the forms necessary for reimbursement by your private dental insurance.
To receive your initial consultation with one of our oral surgeons, please contact your family dentist and ask to be referred.