What is sleep apnea?
There are two different types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two types of apnea, OSA is caused by a blockage of the airway. Typically this occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses while sleeping.
- Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, which is a physical condition, central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal your muscles to breathe at night, due to instability within the respiratory control center.
Risk Factors for Sleep ApneaSleep apnea can affect anyone, but these factors increase the likelihood of having it:
- Being overweight
- Being male
- Being over the age of 40
- Having large tonsils, a small jaw bone, or a large tongue
- Having a large neck size (16 inches or greater for women; 17 inches or greater for men)
- Having a family history of sleep apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- Any nasal obstruction due to allergies, sinus problems, or a deviated septum
Symptoms of Sleep ApneaIn addition to overall fatigue due to poor sleep quality, untreated sleep apnea can lead to the following potential health problems:
- Heart failure, heart attacks, and irregular heart beats
- High blood pressure
- Worsening of ADHD
Treating Sleep ApneaIn some mild cases, sleep apnea can be treated by changes in behavior, such as:
- Losing weight
- Changing sleep positions to help breathing
- Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills
- Stopping smoking
How Can Mid Wilshire Dentistry Treat Sleep Apnea Symptoms?Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a quiet, comfortable, and economical treatment for sleep apnea sufferers. Dr. Laska provides accurate diagnosis by either take home test or via sleep lab. Once diagnosed, we’ll identify the right method to help you breathe better and enjoy more restful, consistent sleep. Traditional CPAP machines can generate a significant amount of noise. They’re bulky, and downright uncomfortable at times. An estimated 85% of people who equipped with CPAP cannot tolerate wearing it, impeding treatment.
We Choose the Right Solution for the TreatmentThere are 2 main types of oral appliances:
- Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) — holds lower jaw forward, stabilizing the collapsible part of the airway. Over time, this appliance also strengthens the airway, exercising the tongue and other muscles used for breathing.
- Tongue retaining devices (TRD) — hold the tongue forward during sleep, preventing it from obstructing the airway. It’s a customized monobloc oral appliance designed for obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS) treatment.
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