Sleep Apnea Treatment
The sleep apnea, that kind of goes along with snoring. A lot of times, it's usually the spouse that complains about the other spouse about snoring. Eventually, we will have patients that come in and say, “I need to get a snore guard. Is there something you can do about my snoring?” It's nice, because there is. There's different levels of anywhere from someone who snores ... It all has to do with constriction of air flow.
Someone who has sleep apnea, obviously that’s more severe, that constriction. The constriction can be caused by a couple of things. It can just be caused by the position of the jaw. For whatever reason, some people just have some excess tissue back there, or it can be caused in severe cases where that tissue actually for some people, when they go to sleep, it actually relaxes to the point where now it closes, not because of the jaw position. It just closes.
Those cases can't be treated with something ... They need to be treated with a CPAP or something that’s actually forcing oxygen back into the throat that’s forcing that tissue to open, but that’s not the majority of them. Majority of them can be treated with a snore guard, and what that does is it slightly takes the lower jaw and moves it forward so that when you're sleeping at night, it doesn’t fall back closing off the opening, causing the constriction, which is going to cause the snoring.
Then with sleep apnea, of course, what that is is that you're just not getting enough oxygen at night. What happens is people will kind of start ... They do snore. People with sleep apnea snore pretty heavily, but they get to that point to where all of a sudden, they can't breathe. They're not breathing, and then they (throat sound) and then they wake themselves up. The body forces them to wake up because they're not getting enough oxygen. They're not even aware of the fact that they're waking up. They wake up, everything opens back up, and they fall back to sleep. You can imagine if you're doing that several times a night, you're not getting very good sleep.
The biggest benefit that we've had and the biggest thing that’s been exciting for us is that when you treat patients with this, the biggest thing is that they just feel better in the morning because they’ve actually gotten better sleep, whether it be because they're getting more oxygen, whether their spouse isn't hitting them as much, telling them to roll over. Then, like I said, there's different devices which fits the different needs. There's about three different devices that we use, and we've had really good response with it.
Don’t let snoring ruin your nights – and your days. Visit Volterra Dental in Los Alamitos, CA. We can treat your chronic snoring and sleep apnea so you can get the restful sleep you need. Call our dental office at 562-735-2363 today to learn how we can improve your quality of sleep with a custom oral appliance.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
In sleep apnea, the muscles in your neck and throat relax so much that the windpipe starts to close under the weight. As it closes, your breathing becomes labored and causes a loud vibration we know as snoring.
When the windpipe closes, it forces you to suddenly wake up for fear of suffocating. However, most people fall back to sleep right away and don’t even realize how often they’re waking up during the night.
When Does Bad Snoring Indicate Sleep Apnea?
Everyone makes noise when they sleep. But no one should be snoring loudly all the time. Such consistent noises can be a sign that your sleep is being disturbed. Chronic snoring can indicate that your airway is getting blocked or even closed off, otherwise known as sleep apnea.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?
The problem with sleep apnea is that the near-suffocation keeps waking you up, robbing you of the restful sleep you need to stay healthy. That suffocation also lowers the oxygen in your blood.
The issues that result from this lack of sleep and oxygen can lead to other conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Weight gain
How Can A Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
At Volterra Dental, Dr. Laos and Dr. Yoshikane work with area physicians to conduct a sleep test. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can offer a special dental device called a snore guard that you wear over your teeth when you sleep. It gently shifts the position of your jaw, which helps keep your windpipe open and clear.