Dental Device for Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep and cause the airway to collapse. While all the muscles in the body are supposed to become more relaxed during sleep, when there is excess tissue in the throat, the muscles are poorly toned or there are structural abnormalities, the airway can become obstructed. This blocks the ability to breathe, decreases blood oxygen levels and prevents the person from entering deeper stages of sleep. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our Los Angeles dentist can help with a dental device for sleep apnea.
A dental device for sleep apnea may be appropriate for patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea. These devices are customized to fit your mouth exactly for a more comfortable and effective solution. We may recommend a device that keeps your jaws in the proper position. This type of device gently pushes the lower jaw forward, which keeps the airway open. We may also recommend a style of device that keeps the tongue and other soft tissues stabilized and out of the airway. Your needs can vary based on the cause of your sleep apnea.
Other treatments or changes may also be recommended. Patients who are struggling with sleep apnea symptoms are encouraged to seek help for their condition. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder, which means that it can interfere with healthy sleeping patterns. However, it can also trigger more serious health problems and may increase your risk of high blood pressure, depression, obesity and heart disease. Symptoms may include abnormally loud snoring, snoring that is punctuated by pauses in breathing and, daytime headaches, sore throats or dry mouth.
If you are in the Los Angeles area and have symptoms of apnea, a dental device for sleep apnea may help. Contact us to schedule your next appointment with our sleep apnea doctor in Los Angeles.
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