Mouthpiece for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people across the country and thousands in the Los Angeles area. It is often characterized by loud snoring that is punctuated by gasps or choking sounds. Sleep apnea sufferers may also experience symptoms during the daytime, including headaches, sore throat, dry mouth and irritability or inability to concentrate. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, we can help.
Our Los Angeles sleep apnea dentist can make treatment recommendations that are designed to help you get a better night’s sleep. During sleep apnea episodes, the soft tissues in your throat or mouth collapse inward and block your airway. This can occur hundreds of times a night, and each time, your brain rouses briefly from sleep to reopen your airways. You never really get a good night’s sleep, and the combination of low blood oxygen levels and constantly interrupted sleep can quickly begin to affect your overall health. A mouthpiece for sleep apnea may be appropriate.
A mouthpiece for sleep apnea is designed to keep your airways open as you sleep. Most commonly, they are customized to keep the lower jaw in the proper position, which keeps the airways from collapsing. Other types of mouthpieces are designed to stabilize the soft tissues in the oral cavity and keep them from blocking the airways. They each offer specific benefits and may be used to ease the symptoms associated with sleep apnea.
The goal for treatment is to alleviate your symptoms, and we will work with you to create the most comfortable and appropriate treatments possible. Contact our offices today to learn more about how a mouthpiece for sleep apnea can help you get better quality sleep or to schedule a consultation with our expert in sleep apnea in Los Angeles.
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