You don’t have to rely on an uncomfortable CPAP machine to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Instead, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist can provide treatment with a nonintrusive and comfortable oral appliance. In today’s blog, let’s look at how we treat issues like OSA!
The Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea means that as you sleep, the soft tissues in the back of your throat and in your mouth collapse. Factors vary, but include neck circumference, obesity, deviated septum, sinus and allergy issues, sleeping on your back, and issues with the position of oral structures.
You stop breathing for a few seconds until the brain wakes you to resume. While some people remember waking suddenly gasping for air or choking, most don’t, even if this happens hundreds of times a night. The result is daytime exhaustion as your sleep cycle is interrupted several times. People may report snoring, headaches, migraines, dry mouth, moodiness, and daytime drowsiness. If one or more of these symptoms applies to you, let us know right away!
What Does OSA Do To Your Immune and Cardiovascular System?
In the short term, you feel tired and may have trouble focusing on tasks at work or school. However, in the long run you could experience trouble with your immune system, which makes more frequent illness a strong possibility. In addition, the disorder could strain your cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke and heart attack. By addressing the disorder, you not only rest easier, but you also protect your overall health in the process.
Treatment with a CPAP Alternative
Fortunately, our team could offer results without relying on surgery or an uncomfortable CPAP machine. Using digital scanning technology, we will take clear images of your smile from multiple angles. We combine these images to create a detailed 3D model, which helps us design and craft an oral appliance in a lab setting. The appliance will look like a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep. The device gently moves the jaw forward to prevent airway obstruction, so you breathe without interruption! You avoid worsening symptoms, and feel more rested and alert the next day.
If you have any questions, then give us a call today!
Do You Have Questions About Treating OSA?
Our team wants you to rest with ease once again, so we have a solution to stop snoring and OSA. To schedule an appointment and find out how we treat common sleep disorders, then please call Woodland Hills Dental Arts today at 818-347-5124. You can find us at 6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 322 Woodland Hills, CA 91367. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.