Sleep Apnea Van Nuys
Most people take sleep for granted until something happens to interfere with that sleep. Each of us needs different amounts of sleep to repair our bodies and refresh our minds, with most of us needing between seven and nine hours a night. Those needs can change from day to day and throughout life. If you have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, you might not be getting the sleep you need for good health and good moods. Our Van Nuys team can help.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects millions of Americans every night, many of whom are undiagnosed. Most of them suffer from the obstructive form, or OSA, which occurs when their throat becomes blocked. OSA can occur dozens or hundreds of times a night, causing the brain to briefly rouse in order to reopen the airways. This prevents you from getting the restful REM sleep that you need. REM sleep is related to memory, so many people with OSA struggle with memory problems and foggy thinking. A lack of healthy sleep is also linked to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well as chronic daytime drowsiness.
If you are in the Van Nuys area and suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea, it is time for a change. Our team can evaluate your symptoms and your family history to determine your risk and recommend the appropriate tests. With an accurate diagnosis, we can begin creating a treatment plan that can get you back on the road to a restful night’s sleep.
Treatment can vary based on the severity of your apnea and your preferences. Patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea often do well with oral appliances. These appliances fit in the mouth much like a mouth guard. They gently shift the lower jaw forward, which prevents the soft tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airways. Other patients benefit most from a CPAP machine, which provides consistent air flow directly into the air passageways.
Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Van Nuys.
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