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If You Snore Frequently and Loudly, You May Be Suffering from Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea afflicts more than one in five adults, though 90% don’t even know they have it, despite its main symptom being loud snoring.

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If You Snore Frequently and Loudly, You May Be Suffering from Sleep Apnea

If your partner has complained about how often you snore, keeping her or him awake, you may have a serious disorder called sleep apnea. An apnea is a pause in the breath while sleeping, which can occur up to 100 times an hour without awakening the person who suffers from this. This disruption, however, has serious consequences–and Wilshire Smile Studio is an expert in treating sleep apnea.

Typically, the person who has this is overweight and the apneas occur while he or she is sleeping on the back. This most common form of the problem is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) because excess tissue in the mouth, including the tongue, have fallen back as the muscles relax, blocking the airway. The brain recognizes there is a lack of oxygen and reacts by trying to wake up the individual, but consciousness is rarely gained before deep breathing continues and then the disruptions usually keep reoccurring.

The result is that when the individual awakens fully in the morning, they often have migraines and headaches throughout the day. They also either have feeling of having cotton in the mouth or a dry one from breathing through their mouths to get more oxygen (because saliva fights oral bacteria, this endangers their dental health). Other symptoms of OSA include irritability, depression, and anxiety that cannot be accounted for by other circumstances in life.

Most importantly, he or she is very, very tired, in fact, dangerously so, because many deadly accidents occur every year as those with OSA try to drive to work. In the office, they find it almost impossible to stay awake during meetings and have a loss of concentration and memory.

Fortunately, we can prevent this by creating a personalized, FDA-approved oral appliance to be worn while you are sleeping, which comfortably adjusts the position of the jaw to keep the airway open. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, call Wilshire Smile Studio today to set an appointment for a full dental exam and discussion about whether you have OSA and how it can be prevented.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Insomnia.
  • Frequent need to urinate during the night.
  • Obesity and inability to lose weight.
  • Migraine headaches in the morning.
  • Waking with a “choking” sensation, “cotton mouth,” or a sore throat.
  • Inability to concentrate and poor memory.
  • Drowsiness during the day.
  • Depression, anxiety, or irritability.
  • Reduced reaction time.

 

Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Obstructed Airway

While we sleep, gravity and muscle relaxation allows the tongue and surrounding soft tissue to fall back into the throat area, collapsing the airway and obstructing the air flow.

Sleep Apnea Therapy

Open Airway Therapy

Custom-fit by a dentist, Oral Appliance oral devices treat OSA by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This forward movement keeps the airway open, preventing apneas.

Sleep Apnea Device

Oral Appliance Oral Device

Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT)® is a category of products that treat patients seeking an easy, efficient solution for OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can also be a factor in the risk for diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction, and lowered sex drive. It impairs driving ability and is a major cause of car accidents.

The body’s reaction to both types is to get more oxygen by partially waking up and gasping for air. The sufferer goes back to sleep briefly, unaware of what happened.

The conventional medical treatment is wearing a device called a CPAP with a mask, which would require you to lie on your back all night and is not easily tolerated by most patients.

Fortunately, Wilshire Smile Studio has experts who can provide you with a much more comfortable and less expensive alternative. Every sufferer can benefit from a dental appliance that is a custom-made, FDA-approved type of treatment which helps keep the jaw in a position to prevent apneas. This is may be covered by some insurance plans. If minor surgery is required for OSA, it can be performed by our oral surgeon.

 

 

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