When you have trouble staying asleep, or if you feel exhausted even after sleeping all night, you could be experiencing the symptoms of a sleep disorder, such as chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will explain how we offer comfortable and convenient treatment options.
The Causes and Dangers of Sleep Issues
Chronic snoring could be a warning sign of OSA, as this disorder means that during the night, soft tissues in your throat and the back of your mouth collapse. This cuts off airflow. Partial blockage causes loud snoring, and complete blockage mans you stop breathing briefly until the brain essentially wakes you to resume breathing. You may not remember this happening, but it could interrupt your sleep cycle hundreds of times in a single night. As your ability to rest is compromised, you could feel tired and irritable, which impacts your social interactions. Your immune system could be strained, so more frequent illness is possible, and the stress on your cardiovascular system could mean an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke or heart attack.
You should consider seeing us for a diagnosis if you snore on a frequent basis, or find yourself waking in the night choking or gasping for breath. If you have dry mouth each morning, headaches, and trouble staying focused during the day this could be a sign too. Don’t let your poor sleep impact your quality of life or strain your heart healthy. We can offer a solution that doesn’t involve using a loud and cumbersome CPAP machine, so you and your significant other can rest with ease.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Instead of surgery or a CPAP machine, we may provide results with a simple oral appliance, one that fits like a mouthguard. First, we will carefully examine your smile and gather a series of detailed images with scanning technology. We use the information to design and custom-fit an oral appliance. You wear the device at night like a mouthguard, and it will move your jaw forward. Doing so helps keep airways open and prevent the collapse of soft tissues. As the interruptions to your cycle stop, you avoid symptoms and feel more rested and alert during the day.
If you have any questions about treating a sleep disorder, or if you would like to talk to our team today, then contact our office. We look forward to helping you rest with ease again!
Do You Have Questions About OSA?
A good night’s rest is key to good health and improved quality of life. If you want to learn about putting a stop to snoring and sleep apnea, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.