Improve Your Sleep with Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Sleep is a vital component of your body function. Sufficient sleep revitalizes your energy, reduces stress, boosts your immunity, and promotes optimal hormonal balances. Unfortunately, conditions like sleep apnea can hamper your sleep, leading to significant health risks. Fortunately, dental treatment for sleep apnea in Irvine, California, can help you find much-needed relief.
What is sleep apnea?
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, approximately 25% of Americans are affected by sleep apnea. This medical condition affects your breathing when sleeping, leading to sleep deprivation. The most common types of sleep apnea include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): It’s the most common sleep apnea condition, claiming about 80% of all sleep apnea cases. But what is OSA? It happens when the soft tissue at the back of the mouth collapses while sleeping, interrupting your breathing. Interestingly, OSA patients don’t realize their sleep was interrupted by frequent stoppages in breathing until symptoms like yawning, sleepiness, and tiredness take a toll on you the following day.
- Central sleep apnea: It arises when the brain fails to send signals to the breathing muscles. Here, no physical interruption occurs to the airwaves, but the brain fails to activate the respiratory muscles.
Irrespective of your cause of sleep apnea, David Son, D.D.S., N.M.D can help find relief for you. Contact us today for sleep apnea treatment.
Health complications of sleep apnea
Sleep apnea has severe mental and physical impacts on your health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to the below health complications:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
The chronic fatigue of sleep apnea can take a toll on the patients. Excessive fatigue increases the risk of injuries and even affects the concentration of patients behind the wheel, increasing the risk of accidents.
How dentists can help with sleep apnea
Dentists are the first line of defense when it comes to sleep apnea treatment. Dentists can spot sleep apnea disorders during oral exams, including large tonsils, obesity, irregular snoring, and so on. And that’s not all. Dentists don’t stop at diagnosis.
Dentists can treat sleep apnea using oral appliances that change the positioning of your tongue and teeth. Oral appliances prevent the soft tissue at the back of the mouth (that causes snoring) from collapsing. As a bonus, oral appliances act as mouth guards, preventing your teeth from grinding. With oral appliances, loud snoring becomes a thing of the past. Your partner will no longer have to brave the night beside you snoring.
Find a sleep apnea dentist
Would you like to gain control of your sleep with sleep apnea treatment in Irvine, California? Please contact (949) 565-4929 to book an appointment with Dr. David Son and his team at David Son, D.D.S., N.M.D to discuss your treatment options.