Should Snoring Concern You?

Los Angeles sleep apneaDo you often snore at night? If so, this could do more than just irritate your significant other. Instead, this could be a warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how we treat issues like sleep apnea, and help you rest much easier. 

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

When you snore, this is because the air passages have become partially blocked by soft tissues. As air is forced through when you breathe, this creates a loud sound. With sleep apnea, these soft tissues actually collapse and completely block air passages. You stop breathing for a brief period until the brain wakes you. While you may not remember this, it still interrupts your sleep cycle and you could feel exhausted the next day. Aside from snoring, warning signs could include daytime drowsiness, moodiness, trouble staying focused, dry mouth, headaches, and even waking up in the night choking or gasping for breath.

Long-Term Dangers

Don’t ignore the warning signs we discussed above. Without treatment, this disorder could lead to serious problems, not just due to your daily exhaustion. OSA could strain your immune system, leaving your body ill-equipped to fight sickness. This could also place pressure on your heart health too! Long-term sleep apnea could mean a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke or heart attack. To protect your overall health now and in the long run, you need to seek treatment for your sleep disorder. Putting a stop to snoring is often possible with a simple and noninvasive oral appliance. 

Oral Appliance Therapy 

The oral appliance is custom-made for your smile, created to fit comfortably and offer relief. While the device looks and fits like a mouthguard, it is custom-fitted to help move the jaw forward, which in turn prevents the collapse of soft tissue. You breathe without interruption and are less likely to snore each night. You could also help by resting on your side instead of your back, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and avoiding caffeine, excessive alcohol, and large meals or exercise in the two hours before bed. A bedroom that is dark, cool, and screen free is also recommended. If you have any questions about how we treat an issue like OSA and snoring, or about our oral appliance therapy, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you rest with ease and feel more alert!

Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA Dentist About Sleep Care

Our team wants to help you rest with comfort and ease using an oral appliance. If you would like to learn more, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.