A sleep disorder could mean you suffer from chronic snoring, or you could have developed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Without treatment, you could not only feel exhausted, but you could also develop serious health issues too. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how we diagnose and treat sleep disorders, and what dangers they pose.
Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Troubles
OSA occurs when soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed as you rest, collapsing and blocking airflow. As air is forced through, this creates a loud snoring sound. If air is unable to be forced through, you stop breathing for a few seconds until the brain wakes you. While many may not remember waking up or having their sleep cycles uninterrupted, this happens hundreds of times every night. Without treatment, this could lead to daytime drowsiness, irritability, trouble focusing, headaches, dry mouth, and episodes of waking in the night gasping for air or choking.
Dangers for Your Oral Health
Over time, the lack of sleep could strain your immune system, which means more frequent illness and a poor quality of life. For others, this disorder could place major strain on your cardiovascular system. Eventually, this could mean a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and heart attack or stroke. Don’t let your heart health and immune system worsen with time, talk to your dentist about what options you have for treatment.
A Comfortable Solution
We will carefully examine your smile with digital imaging technology, which means we can identify the factors behind your breathing cessation and sleeping disorder. For some, treatment could involve correcting misalignment or even improving bite balance with a restoration. Some may benefit from changing sleeping habits, sticking to a schedule and even resting on their side instead of their backs. But for most, we could offer relief with an oral appliance.
Unlike the CPAP machine, this is a quiet and comfortable solution. We create an oral appliance that looks and fits like a mouthguard, but is custom-fitted for your smile. Worn at night, the device will move the jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You avoid OSA episodes and chronic snoring, so you (and your significant other) rest with ease. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like sleep apnea and snoring, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions?
We would like to help you find the most appropriate treatment option. If you want to learn how we help people in our community rest with ease, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.