Sleep Apnea Northridge
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep by a partially or completely blocked airway. In order to breathe fully, the person must wake up just enough to open the airways, which reduces the quality of sleep. Unfortunately, this does not mean they wake up completely, and many people with sleep apnea suffer from fragmented, poor-quality sleep for years before they realize they have a problem. Our dental office in Northridge offers comfortable, easy-to-use sleep apnea solutions.
When you breathe, air flows through your mouth and nose, past the throat and into the lungs, and then back out in reverse. When you sleep, your breathing rate slows, and the muscles around your airway relax slightly. In those with OSA, the airways become blocked by these muscles, preventing air from flowing into the lungs properly. Sleep apnea episodes can occur dozens or hundreds of times a night, and each time they occur, leaving your body deprived of oxygen and you exhausted in the morning.
Those with sleep apnea often complain of fatigue, daytime sleepiness, drowsiness, and/or exhaustion. They might suffer from insomnia, memory problems, concentration problems, and mood changes. These are not the only issues associated with OSA, either. Because the low oxygen levels strain the cardiovascular system, there can be physiological changes, as well as increased stress hormone production, that can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
If you have any symptoms of sleep apnea, our Northridge dental office can provide you with more information. Symptoms often include:
• Loud, chronic snoring
• Pauses in breathing while sleeping
• Waking at night gasping for air or feeling short of breath
• Waking with a headache, sore throat, or dry mouth
We offer customized mouthpieces that gently reposition the jaw, stabilizing the tissues surrounding the airway. This prevents the collapse that leads to airway obstruction, so that you can breathe freely and comfortably all night long. The right treatment can improve the symptoms of OSA, improve your quality of sleep, and reduce the risks associated with sleep apnea. Call our dentist in Northridge to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.
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