Sleep Apnea Treatment in Culver City, CA
Sleep apnea is a form of sleep disorder that is characterized by breathing interruptions as one sleeps. As a result, the affected individual may repeatedly gasp for air while sleeping. When breathing is interrupted, the brain and other organs may fail to receive the adequate amount of oxygen needed for optimal function. This may cause chronic fatigue as well as increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression.
There are two kinds of sleep apnea—obstructive sleep apnea, abbreviated OSA, and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airways are blocked while central sleep apnea is a result of the failure of the brain to send proper signals to the respiratory system.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist can get you started on the path to getting the treatment that you need.
Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea usually occurs when the soft tissue of the throat collapses into the airway, thus blocking the smooth flow of air in and out of your airway. While sleep apnea can affect anyone, certain factors make you more susceptible to this sleep disorder. They include being overweight, having a family history of sleep apnea, and having enlarged tonsils or a large tongue. If you suffer from nasal obstruction or congestion as a result of sinus problems or a deviated septum, you’re at a higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Inability to concentrate
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Excessive hypersomnia or daytime sleepiness
- Gasping for air while you sleep
- Interrupted breathing episodes (a loved one can alert you to this)
What to Expect
During your visit, our dentist will start by screening you for signs of sleep apnea. A common symptom is worn teeth as a result of tooth grinding. If the dentist determines that there is a need for further investigation, you will receive a take-home sleep study kit. This kit allows us to gather crucial information regarding your breathing, oxygen levels, and breathing efforts. We work collaboratively with a sleep specialist to determine the best course of action depending on the outcome of your sleep study as well as other assessments. If you have no time on weekdays then no problem our dental office opens on Saturday also from where you get the full treatments.
Depending on your needs, sleep apnea may be managed through the use of night guards, lifestyle adjustments as well as surgical intervention.
Don’t let sleep apnea get the best of you. Visit Toothopia Dental today for a thorough sleep apnea screening. Let us help you sleep throughout the night without interruptions, so you can wake up well-rested and ready to be productive.