Sleep Apnea Irvine

Sleep Apnea Irvine CA Sleep apnea has a profound impact on physical and emotional wellness. It also deprives your bed mate (and possibly others in the household) of regenerative slumber. A small oral appliance from Dr. David Son in Irvine can dramatically improve or resolve sleep apnea.

Sleep disordered breathing

Loud, chronic snoring is often a symptom of a serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

As you begin to relax, the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat partially or wholly block your airway. Breathing becomes shallow, and may halt completely for a few seconds or a minute or two. This deprives the heart and brain of oxygen. Your brain senses danger, and sends a surge of adrenaline to jolt your body into action. You jerk, snort, or choke into wakefulness. Then the process repeats – potentially dozens of times each hour.

Health implications

Depending on severity, you may never reach deep REM sleep, essential for hormonal balance that revitalizes mind and body. A long list of health issues is linked to OSA, including:
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Acid reflux
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Depression

In-depth knowledge = results!

Dr. Son served residency on sleep apnea at UCLA, gaining deep insight into causes and effective treatment. Conventional CPAP therapy is effective... when it is used. Many people cannot sleep well wearing a mask, tethered to a mechanical device. Dr. Son offers a comfortable, discreet alternative.

This custom-fitted oral appliance is about the size of an orthodontic retainer. It holds the mouth slightly open, positioning the jaw a bit forward to depress the tongue and keep the airway open. Many patients get full relief from OSA with oral appliance therapy.

Get your best sleep possible with dental treatment for sleep apnea. In Irvine, call David Son DDS at (949) 565-4929.

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