Your daily function and happiness is often dependent on the quality of your nightly rest. However, if you struggle with sleep apnea or other night-time breathing issues, this can be negatively affected. To learn how we can provide you with restful nights again and to visit with Dr. Tran Han at Mint Dental Loft, please call 626.639.8618. We look forward to providing you with sleep apnea therapy in Altadena, California.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a medical condition characterized by pauses and interruptions in breathing while asleep. These pauses are typically caused by airway obstructions, such as the soft tissues of the throat collapsing or the tongue rolling back in the throat. They may occur several dozen times a night, decreasing the oxygen levels in your body and causing your sleep to be fragmented. This can have a serious impact on your overall health, affecting everything from your memory and ability to concentrate to your blood pressure, digestive system, immune system, and hormone production.
OSA is a sleep-related disorder, which can make it difficult to diagnose. In many cases, people suffering from sleep apnea do not know they have the condition. In fact, sleep apnea is often noticed by others who realize that something is unusual is occurring while their loved one sleeps. Some common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Choking or gasping sounds and sensations while asleep
- Excessive daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
- Long pauses in breathing
- Waking abruptly and with shortness of breath
- Headaches upon waking
- A dry mouth or throat upon waking
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Depression, irritability and mood changes
- Memory impairment and difficulty focusing
Our dentist and team offer sleep apnea treatment to help you manage this condition and get the rest you need. There are several strategies that may be recommended depending on the severity of your sleep apnea. Mild to moderate OSA can often be treated with oral appliance therapy. This consists of a custom oral appliance which helps keep your airway open while you sleep. More severe forms of OSA may require more complex treatment to resolve.
If you have any questions about sleep apnea treatment or to set up an appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today.