Sleep apnea is a sleep-breathing disorder that is caused by obstructions in the airway. Sleep apnea is characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. These interruptions and cessations in regular breathing may vary in length from a few seconds to a full minute, and they can occur hundreds of times in a single night. Not only does this lead to a restless night, but it can also contribute to a number of serious medical problems, such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Depression, anxiety and mood changes
- Respiratory problems
- Weight gain and obesity
- Hormonal and chemical imbalances in the body
Sleep apnea is caused when the airway becomes blocked. This is usually a result of the soft tissues of the throat collapsing or by the tongue rolling back in the throat. There are a variety of treatments available to manage sleep apnea so that you can get the rest you need and improve your health. At Hacienda Heights Family Dentistry, we offer oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is an alternative to CPAP treatments, and it is highly effective in managing mild to moderate sleep apnea. Our dentist will fit you with a customized oral appliance that will keep your airways open at night by either advancing the position of your jaw slightly or preventing the tongue from rolling back. If you have a severe form of sleep apnea, more extensive and invasive treatment may be required.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme daytime drowsiness
- Depression, anxiety, irritability and mood swings
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Memory problems and difficulty concentrating
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
To learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Hacienda Heights, California, and make an appointment with Dr. Shaileshkumar Bhatt, contact our office today at 626-961-1574.