Sleep Apnea Treatment – Coronado, CA
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What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that affects millions of Americans every year. Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are not easy to recognize at first. When we talk about sleep apnea, we’re mainly referring to the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the most common form. OSA develops when an obstruction in the mouth appears, preventing proper airflow while sleeping. While the body will naturally force itself awake to prevent suffocation, this phenomenon can occur many times throughout the night, making it impossible to achieve quality sleep.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
The consequences of untreated sleep apnea have the potential to affect you in the short and long-term. While short-term complications include chronic fatigue, increased irritability and difficulty concentrating, the long-term side effects can be deadly. Those who suffer from sleep apnea experience a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, higher blood pressure, and even diabetes. You’re also at higher risk of falling asleep at the wheel, which can easily turn deadly. It’s not something that you’d want to put off treatment for.
Keep in mind that while snoring is a common sign of untreated sleep apnea, it does not necessarily guarantee that the condition is present. Patients should always stay on the lookout for other notable symptoms, such as frequent nighttime urination, chronic headaches or migraines, dry mouth, and sore throat upon waking. If you experience gasping or choking upon waking, it’s because the body is forcing you awake to kickstart breathing. These side effects combined with daily fatigue or irritability increase the likelihood that sleep apnea is present.
An Alternative to CPAP:
Oral Appliance Therapy
You may have heard about the continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP, to treat sleep apnea. While this device is considered the gold standard for treatment, it doesn’t work for everyone. Alternatively, oral appliance therapy can be far more effective for those who struggle with compliance issues from CPAP. This appliance repositions the jaw in order to improve airflow, prevent choking and help you achieve a better night’s sleep.
The SomnoMed is just one oral appliance that can effectively treat your sleep apnea. This custom-fitted device is one of the most effective, comfortable and durable alternatives currently available. If you’d prefer to avoid using the CPAP machine, it’s a great place to start with your treatment.
Partnered with San Diego County’s Top Sleep Physicians
While dentists cannot diagnose sleep apnea, that doesn’t mean we can’t connect you with the professionals who can. Our dental office works with the best sleep physicians in the county. With their expertise, they can develop sleep monitoring procedures that confirm the exact number of times you wake up as a result of your sleep apnea. The more precise the testing is, the better of a diagnosis you’ll have. The more detailed the diagnosis, the more effectively we can treat your condition.