Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder characterized by abnormal halts or pauses in breath intake and outflow during sleep. This erratic intake and exhalation deprives the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen, and creates a wide range of progressive symptoms.
You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
• Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
• Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
We offer an effective treatment for sleep apnea, a serious, progressive condition which impacts a surprising number of people. Sleep apnea treatment helps many of those who are suffering from such issues as snoring, teeth grinding, excessive daytime sleepiness, poor memory, clouded intellect, irritability, personality changes, decreased sex drive, impotence, or morning headaches.
An apnea is the pause during breathing that can last a variable amount of time from just a few seconds to a matter of minutes. An apnea can actually occur more than 30 times per hour. A form of sleep apnea termed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) will cause blood oxygen levels to fall and can cause blood pressure to rise as the heart is forced to work harder.
Common conditions that a person may experience for years without realizing they suffer from sleep apnea are:
Sleep apnea truly is a serious sleep disorder which if remaining untreated, can result in a large number of health problems, including:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
The source of OSA, the most common form of apnea, is a blockage of the airway. It is caused when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep. Symptoms of OSA include restless sleep, loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
A less common form of apnea, CSA, is not caused by an obstructed airway but is the result of a lack of respiratory effort. This form of apnea occurs if the brain is not sending proper signals to the appropriate muscles that control breathing due to an imbalance in the respiratory control center.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea:
Common indicators include:
Dr. Kohani uses a mandibular advancement device which is a mouthpiece that holds the jaw and tongue forward. This custom-fitted oral appliance is worn over the teeth at night to prevent the jaw from falling back during sleep, keeping the airway open.
Dental appliances are reported to be very effective for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and are fast becoming a preferred alternative treatment to CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP is a traditional treatment that uses positive air pressure to keep the airways open during sleep, and although it is the treatment of choice for individuals with severe sleep apnea, the compliance rate is very low. Whether it is comfort of the system, the noise, or being connected to tubing, it is very difficult for many patients to get accustomed to wearing this older device.
If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea, or are seeking an alternative solution to CPAP, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohani. Dr. Kohani would be happy to discuss how we can alleviate your symptoms with a simple nighttime appliance that keeps your airway open and is a powerful alternative for traditional CPAP treatment.
Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Kohani to find out how a simple dental appliance can help you with sleep apnea.