Experience More Restful Sleep and Treat the Health Risks of Sleep Apnea
How you breathe during sleep has a serious impact on your health. Sleep apnea increases the complications associated with breathing while you sleep - including snoring.
Sleep apnea can stop your breathing up to 30 times per hour. This reduces the healthy amount of oxygen your brain requires. Paused breathing interrupts your sleep patterns and causes the drowsiness you feel during awake times.
Be aware of these sleep apnea symptoms
- Insomnia or lack of quality sleep
- Disruptive snoring
- Awakening with shortness of breath
- Gasping or choking reflex during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Inability to focus or drowsiness during awake hours
Why sleep apnea is serious
Age and gender can provide clues to sleep apnea. The condition is more common for males than females and for older adults (over age 40). Even so, anyone can regardless of age or gender can be at risk for sleep apnea.
Your risk for sleep apnea increases with obesity, lifestyle habits that include smoking and alcohol, the use of tranquilizing medications, and a family history of sleep related problems (including sleep apnea).
Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to a variety of health issues too:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
Beyond your health, lack of sleep apnea treatment can cause problems for your career, relationships, school, and driving ability.
A dental treatment for sleep apnea can reduce or eliminate your health risks
Your specific sleep related issues and their severity will determine the best treatment solution. An oral device can be custom-designed to improve your breathing during sleep.
The oral sleep appliance is crafted uniquely to fit your mouth. It opens your airway to improve your breathing and reduce or eliminate sleep related problems like snoring.
Contact our Westlake Village dentist about your sleep related problems. Schedule a consultation to discuss your options for sleep apnea including an oral appliance.