Sleep Apnea

At Crichigno Orthodontics we care about not only creating beautiful smiles, but healthy smiles. This is because Dr. Nick and his friendly team care about the overall health of each and every patient that visits our Hamilton offices. If you are in the area and struggle with sleep apnea, or some one you know struggles with sleep apnea, we are more than happy to treat you. If you have trouble breathing while sleeping and think you may have sleep apnea we encourage you to book a consultation as soon as possible.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which a patient's breathing stops periodically during their sleep cycle. When breathing stops, the brain is deprived of oxygen temporarily, and this lack of oxygen awakens the patient briefly to alert them to being proper breathing.

Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Central sleep apnea (CSA), describes breathing which stops because the muscles involved don't receive the proper signal from the brain.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs due to a physical blockage and subsequent obstruction of the airway. This is the most common form of Sleep Apnea.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Patients who suffer from Sleep Apnea frequently snore very loudly while sleeping. They demonstrate snorting or choking sounds during sleep as they attempt to breath properly, have headaches upon waking, and constantly feel drowsy during the day as the wake-sleep cycle interferes significantly with their quality of sleep.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Crichigno has completed extensive specialty training at the National Medical Centre/George Washington University and has a specific interest in the field of Sleep Apnea. Dr. Crichigno works together with Dr. Stephen K.C. Ho DDS, MSc., FRDC(C), FADSA, who is highly regarded as an expert in the field of Sleep Apnea, and together they are leaders in the field of Sleep Apnea treatment.

Dr. Nick’s Sleep Apnea Experience

Dr. Crichigno has considerable experience in treating Sleep Apnea and recommends different combinations of treatment including behavior modification, use of a CPAP appliance, or Maxillary/Mandibular Advancement (MMA) surgery to help correct jaw position and open the airway to facilitate proper sleeping patterns.

Contact Your Hamilton Orthodontist

If you think that you or someone that you know may be suffering from sleep apnea we strongly encourage you to schedule a consultation with us today. Dr. Nick and his team are always looking forward to adding members to the Crichigno Orthodontics family! We hope to see you in one of our offices soon!