Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes problems for millions of Americans, leading to poor rest and a poor quality of life. To allow you to rest with ease and to protect your health, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist can use physical therapy, oral appliances, and other options to help you enjoy relief from sleep apnea.
The Causes and Warning Signs
Sleep apnea could be caused by a number of factors, including large neck circumference, age (most sufferers 55 and older), deviated septum, sinus and allergy issues, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and more. The disorder means that while you rest, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat actually collapse and cut off airflow. You stop breathing until the brain wakes you, interrupting your sleep cycle even if you don’t remember this happening. You then experience symptoms like daytime exhaustion, drowsiness, headaches, dry mouth, moodiness, trouble focussing, and episodes of waking suddenly gasping for air or choking. If you encounter one or more of these warning signs, then let us know right away.
The Impacts on Your Health
Over time, this could impact your quality of life as you struggle with moodiness and exhaustion. In addition, the stress on your immune system means that more frequent illness could occur. Without treatment, your heart health could suffer as well, with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Don’t let OSA cause problems for your quality of life, talk to our team about possible solutions.
Our Treatment Options
For some, we could recommend physical therapy to adjust how your bite fits together, or medication as well. You could also alter your sleeping habits, resting on your side instead of your back, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and keeping your bedroom dark, cool, and screen free. But the most common solution is an oral appliance. We craft and custom-fit this device based on detailed digital images and measurements of your smile. Worn at night, it fits like a mouthguard, but actually moves your jaw to prevent the collapse of your soft tissues. You then enjoy a good night’s rest as you breathe without interruption.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat common issues like sleep apnea or chronic snoring, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you rest with ease and maintain a good quality of life with proper sleep.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA Dentist About Better Rest
We would like to help you enjoy a night of rest without interruption. If you would like to learn more about treating issues like OSA, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.