Finally Treating Your Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, could lead to serious problems with your overall health and how rested and alert you feel. Without treatment, this could cause trouble for your overall quality of life. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how we diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

The Impact of Sleep Apnea

OSA impacts millions of people, and essentially means that as you rest, soft tissues in the back of your throat and mouth collapse and cut off airflow. You stop breathing until the brain wakes you, and this could happen hundreds of times in a night and interrupt your sleep cycle. This leaves you feeling exhausted and moody, but could also strain your immune system to make more frequent illness possible. The stress in your cardiovascular system could lead to a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke and heart attack. When you encounter the warning signs we discuss in the next section, please see us right away for a diagnosis!

Common Warning Signs

People with OSA often report chronic snoring, waking up gasping for air or choking, moodiness, dry mouth, headaches, trouble staying focused on tasks at work or school, and daytime exhaustion. If you encounter one or more of these possible warning signs, we can offer a thorough diagnosis to see if you need treatment. Taking the time to address your OSA means that you can feel more rested and alert during the day, and enjoy a better quality of life as well!

Treatments and Lifestyle Changes

In many situations, we can offer relief with an oral appliance. This is a device that looks and fits much like a mouthguard. This will be custom-made for your smile and provide a complete treatment option, one that our patients prefer over the CPAP machine. The device is worn as you sleep, and helps reposition the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues and allow you to breathe without interruption. You can also help your sleep by resting on your side instead of your back, going to bed and waking up at the same times each day to establish a schedule, and avoiding large meals, exercise, or excessive alcohol in the two hours before bed.

If you have any questions about treating sleep apnea and snoring, or about our oral appliance options, then contract our team today to learn more.

Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist Helps You Rest Easier

Our team wants to make sure that OSA and snoring don’t prevent you from being able to rest with ease. If you would like to learn more about improving how you breathe at night, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.