If you have trouble resting at night, or feel tired during the day even though you assume you rested well the night before, then you could be suffering from a sleep disorder. Chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are common issues that could eventually strain your immune system and even your cardiovascular system! Fortunately, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist has a solution.
When you snore on a nightly basis, this could not only prevent your significant other from resting well, this could mean you’re not resting well either! Snoring like this could actually be a warning sign of a serious disorder known as OSA, which we’ll talk more about in the next section. You can try a few lifestyle changes to reduce snoring, but if it continues then you should talk to our team about possible treatment options. To ease your snores, try to sleep on your side instead of your back, avoid excessive alcohol, vigorous exercise, or large meals in the two hours before bed. Make sure your bedroom is dark and cool, and try to avoid looking at screens while in bed.
With OSA, as you sleep soft tissues in the throat and the rear of your mouth collapse and block airflow. You stop breathing for a few seconds until the brain wakes you. This interrupts your sleep cycle and could happen hundreds of times each night. Warning signs include chronic snoring, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth, headaches, moodiness, trouble concentrating, or episodes of waking suddenly in the night choking or gasping for air. If one or more of these symptoms sounds familiar, then contact our team for a diagnosis and to discuss possible treatment options.
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
For many, we could offer relief with an oral appliance. Created from digital images and measurements taken of your smile, the device is worn as you sleep and fits like a mouthguard. The device then moves the jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues in your throat and mouth. You stop snoring and will notice a dramatic drop in symptoms. You sleep with ease and your immune and cardiovascular systems are longer strained. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like OSA, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to undergo a diagnosis, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Sleep Disorders?
Our team wants to help with a comfortable and effective oral appliance. If you want to learn more about improving how well you sleep, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. Don’t live with daytime exhaustion and poor health, talk to our team about a possible solution!