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Ottawa, ON Dental Practitioner Dentist Discusses Long-Term Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

By Pamela Li, in Uncategorized, on December 2, 2009 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ON — Chances are that if you personally don’t snore, you know someone who does. And if you know a snorer, then you may very well have been disturbed by it. Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, and according to the National Institutes of Health, sleep apnea affects more than 12 million Americans. Sleep apnea is a medical condition where an individual suffers from breathing irregularities during sleep due to blocked airways in the nose, mouth, or throat.

Figuring out that snoring is caused by blocked airways is easy enough. But there are far greater problems caused by sleep apnea than obnoxious nightly sounds. Breathing problems associated with sleep apnea deprive oxygen to the body and brain, which can contribute to severe conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, premature death, low blood-oxygen levels, and other conditions as well. All of a sudden snoring and sleep apnea are much more than nighttime nuisances for bed partners. They’re risk factors for life-threatening illnesses.

Treatment
Thankfully, snoring and sleep apnea can be treated. Discovering the best treatment for sleep apnea starts with discovering where the airway blockage starts. According to Ottawa, ON dental Practitioner Dentist,  Dr. Pamela Li, airways can be obstructed by a number of things including: poor alignment of the jaw, weak throat muscles, a long soft palate or uvula, blocked nasal passages, throat tissue buildup, or sleeping on one’s back.

There are treatments available that correct blocked airways. For example, dentists provide oral appliances that adjust airways to provide better breathing passages during sleep. These appliances mainly come as lower jaw or mandibular repositioning devices. These appliances are preferred for mild to moderate sleep apnea.

“Oral appliances are very comfortable. There are many different kinds to suit the patient’s individual needs,” said Dr. Li. “These oral appliances help maximize sleep hours, promote long-term health, and keep bed partners from waking up from snoring.”

There are also CPAP masks (continuous positive airway pressure) that force a stream of air down airways to keep them open throughout the night.

“Though the CPAP masks are a preferred method in severe cases of sleep apnea, they can be irritating and uncomfortable to wear,” said Dr. Li. “Also, CPAP compliance decreases to 20-30% after one year. There are several oral appliances dentists offer that help open airways, while avoiding uncomfortable, bulky masks and noisy machines.”

Diagnosis
After completing a questionnaire at Dr. Li’s Ottawa, ON dental practice, patients will bring Dr. Li’s ambulatory sleep test equipment home and perform a screening test from the comfort of their own beds. If a patient were to check into a hospital for sleep apnea tests, he or she would have to stay at the hospital overnight, which patients often hesitate to do commented Dr. Li. This will give the patient a good idea if he has sleep apnea or not. Afterwards, they can then follow up with a physician.

“With proper treatment, individuals suffering from sleep apnea can correct the blockage and see significant benefits,” said Dr. Li. “The obvious benefit to this is a good night of sleep. Patients treated for sleep apnea experience less morning fatigue, which in itself is a revelation. Also, when the body receives a regular oxygen supply, the immune system, heart, and lungs become stronger.”

Dr. Li, Ottawa dentist, uses the MediByte ambulatory polysomnograph (PSG) unit for sleep apnea testing. This equipment is used by doctors and hospitals across the world. The PSG unit tests for sleep disorders by recording data such as snore volume, airflow, oxygen saturation levels, sleep positions, teeth grinding, chest and abdominal movement, and other factors that determine whether or not an individual is suffering from sleep apnea.

Dr. Pamela Li is an accredited Ottawa, ON dentistry practitioner who also provides dental services such as sleep apnea oral appliances, TMJ treatment, and PPM sports mouthguards. Dr Li. is also an Ottawa, ON Invisalign provider.

Learn More
To learn more about sleep apnea treatment or Dr. Li’s sleep apnea test, browse her Web site: http://www.drpamelali.com/, visit her practice at 227-267 O’Connor Street, Ottawa, Ont., K2P 1V3; or call: (613) 232-0550 to schedule a consultation.

About Dr. Pamela Li
Dr. Pamela Li graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1988 with a BSc in chemistry. She then completed her dental training in 1992 at the University of Toronto. Afterwards she completed a general practice residency at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in Utica, N.Y.

Dr. Li worked at Moose Factory General Hospital on the Moose Factory Indian Reservation in Northern Ontario. She travelled up to Kasheshewan reservation monthly to service the needs of the remote aboriginal communities.

In 1994, Dr. Li returned to Ottawa, her hometown, to go into private practice. She has been practicing downtown since 1997 and has recently moved to her present location in August 2008.
She has taken extensive continuing education courses. She has attended the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI) and has completed comprehensive post-doctoral courses in neuromuscular dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. She is certified in oral conscious sedation with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). She is also one of the few dentists in Ottawa certified in the Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM), the revolutionary new sportsguard.

Dr. Li is certified in Invisalign, the clear retainer alternative to braces. She is a member of the AADSM (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine). She is also a member of the Argyle Associates and Gumdocs implant study clubs.

Dr. Li volunteered for a 2 week medical/dental mission in the Dominican Republic. She along with 3 other dentists extracted over 1000 teeth in the remote mountainous region of the Dominican Republic. She also volunteered for one month in a hospital in St. Lucia. She performed general and emergency dentistry.

When she’s away from the office, Dr. Li enjoys the company of family and friends, traveling, skiing and skating.

Dr. Li has been married to Clinton for 11 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Sophia and Meagan, which keep them busy with piano, dance, swimming and skating lessons.

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