Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment San Diego

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.

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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:

  • Impaired alertness
  • Fatigue
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Slower reaction times
  • Problems with visionThese symptoms can be experienced by the person for a long period of time without identification, and during this time the patient suffering through the above symptoms becomes conditioned to the significant levels of sleep disruption. Sleep apnea may also be present if an individual snores loudly and feels fatigued even after a full night of sleep. It was estimated by a recent study that one in every fifteen Americans experiences and is affected to some degree by sleep apnea.

    Sleep apnea truly is a serious sleep disorder which if remaining untreated, can result in a large number of health problems, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Failure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Irregular HeartbeatThe two types of sleep apnea are Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA):

    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:

  • Sleep apnea family history
  • Large tongue, small jaw bone, or large tonsils
  • Male
  • Over age 40
  • Gastroesophageal reflux or GERD
  • Overweight
  • Nasal obstructions due to sinus issues, deviated septum or allergies
  • Large neck size (17” or greater in males and 16” or greater in females)A diagnosis of sleep apnea is based on the evaluation of both clinical symptoms and the result of a formal sleep study. This study aims at establishing a diagnostic indicator linked to the number of apneic events occurring per hour of sleep. We use the results of the sleep study in combination with your personal symptoms to form our diagnosis.

    Common indicators include:

  • Snoring
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Inattentiveness
  • Poor work performance
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Frequent urination during the night

    Treatment
    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.

 

 

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