How oral appliance therapy from your Irvine dentist can help with sleep apnea

oral appliance therapy from your Irvine dentist can help with sleep apnea

Do you wake up every morning feeling restless? Are you waking up multiple times per night, often disturbing your partner? Does your partner complain of constant, loud snoring? If you answered yes to any of these, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can cause momentary pauses in breathing that can happen many times per hour. The good news is that once diagnosed, sleep apnea can be treated to help you get the rest you need.

Sleep apnea produces a myriad of symptoms including: dry throat, morning headaches, gasping for air upon waking, and forgetfulness. Anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, but it is more common in men who are overweight or over forty years old.

Sleep apnea can seriously impact your overall health. Apneic episodes restrict oxygen to the brain, increasing the risk hypertension, stroke, and even heart failure. Fatigue from lack of sleep can increase your risks of accidents. Many patients don’t realize that sleep apnea can be controlled with the help of their dentist.

The first step to treating sleep apnea is a proper diagnosis. We often work with a sleep physician to achieve a diagnosis. Once sleep apnea is confirmed, you may be prescribed one or both of the following treatments:

CPAP

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines work to keep the airway open by creating positive air pressure through a mask. They are effective at preventing apneic events, however compliance is often low because the machine is loud and the mask is uncomfortable.

Oral Appliance Therapy

One of the most preferred treatments, these custom-made appliances keep your airway open. They are small, comfortable, and adjustable for a perfect fit.

If sleep apnea is depriving you of a good night’s sleep, call our office today at 949-565-4929 to schedule a consultation.

 

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