In the United States, millions of people have difficulty sleeping. Often, this is due to a serious sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. Over ten million people experience the affects of sleep apnea. Fortunately, treatment is available. At A New Smile Dental Group, we offer comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options for reducing the severity of sleep apnea symptoms.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea develops when the soft tissue in the back of the throat obstructs airflow during sleep. The patient then stops breathing for brief moments during sleep. During these intervals, the brain becomes deprived of oxygen and wakes the patient up to start breathing. For many people, this cycle occurs hinders of times each night. Without treatment, sleep apnea increases the risk of serious medical complications, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and even stroke.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
Patients with sleep apnea may notice a number of similar symptoms, including:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Irritability or an inability to focus
- Waking up gasping air or even choking
- Chronic snoring
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? If so, you may need treatment for sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with A New Smile Dental Group for a diagnosis and to discuss solutions for ensuring you obtain the sleep you need.
What Treatment Options are Available for Sleep Apnea?
How do we treat sleep apnea? At A New Smile Dental Group, we will perform an examination to assess the cause and severity of your sleep apnea. There are often simple lifestyle changes that can help improve your sleep, including:
- Losing weight
- Avoiding alcohol or caffeine before bed
- Keeping bedroom dark and cool
- Removing TV or other distractions from the bedroom
For more serious cases, we may recommend an oral splint. Similar to a mouthguard in appearance, this device moves the jaw forward to prevent soft tissue from obstructing airflow. Patients can then breathe easier and hopefully enjoy better sleep.
About Your Canyon Country Dentists
At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Canyon Country office at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve communities in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, Castaic, and Stevenson Ranch.