Sleep apnea is a common condition that leads you to hold your breath while sleeping. This can cause restless sleep, and it can also be dangerous, leading to several other health issues. For patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea in Foothill Ranch, California, Dr. Aria Irvani provides several treatment options to keep your airway open and help you receive a good night’s rest. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have found other treatments to be ineffective, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our dentist by calling us today at 949-458-5858.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your dentist, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
- Personality changes and irritability
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
Finding the Right Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!