When you feel tired on a daily basis, even if you believe you slept well, you could be suffering from a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Often, the issue is related to the positions of oral structures and how well you can breathe at night, which is why our team is ready to help! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist could help treat your OSA with an oral appliance.
The Warning Signs (and Causes) of OSA
How do you know if a disorder is preventing you from resting well? First, let’s talk a little about OSA. The factors behind the disorder could be linked to a large neck circumference, sinus or allergy issue, a deviated septum, complications with oral structures and airway obstruction, obesity, or an excessive amount of alcohol consumption. As you rest, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat could become too relaxed, collapsing and blocking airflow. You stop breathing for a few moments, long enough to interrupt your sleep cycle. This could happen hundreds of times a night and you may not remember it, but you end up feeling exhausted during the day. Other warning signs include snoring, trouble concentrating on tasks at work or school, moodiness, dry mouth, and headaches.
The Benefits of Treatment
If you experience one or more of these possible symptoms, the let us know. With a diagnosis, we employ advanced technology to see if you need treatment for airway obstruction. The treatment option offer is noninvasive and comfortable, and helps you enjoy better quality of life as you feel more rested and alert. Remember, treatment prevents the major complications of OSA, such as strained immune and cardiovascular systems, which could lead to more frequent illness, high blood pressures, heart disease, and even an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Crafting an Oral Appliance to Improve Rest
If we find you need treatment, we will take detailed digital images of your entire smile, as well as your oral structures and jaw. We then create an oral appliance in a dental lab, one that is custom-fitted for your smile. The appliance will be worn as you sleep and fits like a mouthguard. When in place, the device moves the jaw forward to train your jaw and keep airways open when you sleep. Patients then avoid the symptoms of OSA and rest without interruption, improving their quality of life. If you have any questions, give our team a call today!
Do You Have Questions About Addressing Sleep Apnea?
Our team knows how to help ensure uninterrupted breathing throughout the night. To learn more about how we help you rest easier, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.