Sleep apnea is common in Quebec. This disorder causes, unbeknownst to the individual, either pauses in breathing or shallow breathing lasting several seconds or minutes, which greatly affects sleep quality and can have potentially serious repercussions. These respiratory difficulties result from the partial or complete obstruction of the airway. This not only impacts slow-wave sleep (deep sleep), but also lowers blood oxygen levels and allows carbon dioxide to build up in the bloodstream, starving the brain and other vital organs of precious oxygen. Several treatments and devices are available to treat sleep apnea, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks and oral appliances that are designed to keep the airway open during sleep. If you think you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, visit Repentigny Dental Center for an evaluation and assistance in identifying the proper treatment.