Sleep Apnea North Hollywood
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that is marked by breathing that stops periodically while you sleep. It occurs when the airway becomes blocked, which reduces the amount of air that can reach the lungs. As the air passes over the collapsed tissues and narrowed airway, these tissues may vibrate, which causes the sound you may recognize as snoring. Our North Hollywood team offers a variety of solutions that can help you get a better night’s sleep.
Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:
• Feeling tired or unrefreshed even after a full night of sleep
• Feeling fatigued or having difficulty concentrating during the day
• Falling asleep unintentionally or at inappropriate times
• Loud or frequent snoring
• Choking or gasping during sleep
• Occasional pauses in breathing during sleep
• Waking with a headache, a sore throat, or a dry mouth
• Waking frequently to use the bathroom
• Memory loss
• Irritability and depression
When your blood oxygen level drops, your cardiovascular system is stressed, which can make it difficult to sleep for some. Your sleep is also disrupted because your brain briefly awakens to reopen the airway. This can have numerous long-term consequences, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes.
If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, proper diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in your symptoms, quality of sleep, and prognosis. A complete evaluation, review of your medical and dental history, and sleep study may be recommended to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Our North Hollywood team will then determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.
Oral appliances are a common first-line treatment option for patients with mild-to-moderate apnea. They can also be used in patients with more severe symptoms who have not found relief through other treatments. Oral appliances are custom-fit appliances that are designed to slip into your mouth like a night guard or mouth guard, and can be worn while you sleep. The appliance will prevent the soft tissues in your throat from collapsing and obstructing your airway.
Call our office today to learn more about how you can breathe more easily while you sleep or to schedule your sleep apnea consultation with our North Hollywood dentist.
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