Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts millions of people in the United States. In addition to preventing them from obtaining a good night’s rest, the disorder is linked to serious trouble with heart health unless treated. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will discuss this link, and look at a simple and convenient treatment option.
The Causes and Symptoms of OSA
OSA means that at night, soft tissues in the rear of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed and subsequently collapse. The collapse blocks air passages so you stop breathing completely. You wake in seconds to breathe again, but may not remember this happening. The process of breathing cessation and waking interrupts your sleep cycle and leaves you exhausted. People may report chronic snoring, waking suddenly choking or struggling to breathe, gasping at night, dry mouth in the morning, moodiness, headaches, and trouble staying awake or remaining focused on tasks at work or school. If you recognize one or more of these potential warning signs, we hope you will give us a call right away!
The Impact on Your Cardiovascular System
The disorder places serious stress on your immune system, which means you could become sick more often. The sleep disorder also strains your cardiovascular system, which means a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and eventually, stroke and heart attack. Which is why if you experience one or more of the symptoms we mentioned in the above section, we want you to let us know. Our team knows how to diagnose your sleep issues and discover if you benefit from treatment.
Treating Your OSA
After we use advanced technology to diagnose your disorder, we will take a series of detailed digital images and measurements of your smile. The information we gather will enable us to design and custom-fit an oral appliance that will be worn as you sleep. The oral splint will look and fit like a simple mouthguard, but helps address OSA by repositioning the jaw. Moving the jaw forward just slightly helps prevent the collapse of soft tissues at night, so you don’t experience a cessation of breathing and your cycle is interrupted. As you rest throughout the night without being interrupted, you avoid symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life. If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like OSA, or about our custom oral splints, the contact our team today.
Ready for a Sleep Solution?
We’re ready to offer a comfortable and noninvasive solution to serious sleep issues, such as chronic snoring and OSA. To learn how we help people in our community enjoy a better night’s rest, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.