If you suffer from sleep apnea, it can begin to take a huge toll on your life. The inability to get a full night’s rest can leave you feeling constantly exhausted, and this can affect your mood, work life, and personal relationships. Fortunately, our skilled team offers effective sleep apnea treatment at our Moreno Valley, CA practice. In most cases, we will treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), using custom-made oral appliances. These devices can also alleviate snoring, whether it occurs on its own or in conjunction with OSA. At Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, we take great care when designing our oral appliances. Therefore, your device should fit comfortably, and you can easily adjust to it in just a few nights.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea causes your airways to close off during the night. Most often, this occurs when your throat muscles or palate start to droop, obstructing the flow of air. In other cases, your tongue may fall back into your throat with a similar effect. Each time air flow stops, you will wake up. Sometimes, you may do so dramatically with a loud gasp. In most cases, however, you will be completely unaware of the interruptions to your sleep.
Anyone can develop OSA. Nevertheless, the following factors will increase your risk for the condition:
- Being male
- Being overweight
- Being a senior
- A large neck circumference
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- A family history of OSA
Snoring and Other Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
As your soft tissues droop, air will squeeze past them, resulting in loud vibrations. Therefore, snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Other frequent OSA symptoms are primarily due to the lack of sleep. These effects can include:
- Chronic exhaustion
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Frequent urges to go the bathroom at night
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating and/or forgetfulness
Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
If you notice these symptoms, or if you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can provide effective, conservative care. Many doctors will try to treat OSA with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. CPAP will emit a stream of air through a facial mask. The air pressure will keep your airways open for uninterrupted breathing. However, these devices are bulky and loud, and many patients cannot sleep while wearing the mask.
Therefore, at Value Dental Centers, we treat OSA with small oral appliances. These individually fabricated, subtle devices will fit over your teeth and push your lower jaw forward. The realignment of your jaw will tighten your soft palate and open up your throat. Oral appliances will also reduce disruptive, embarrassing snoring. Alternatively, we can provide a tongue retaining device to treat OSA.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Have Significant and Lifelong Benefits
After just a few nights wearing your oral appliance, you may feel happier, more alert, and more focused than you have in a long time. As your symptoms subside, your work performance and relationships with others may improve, as well.
Along with these immediate results, sleep apnea treatment can enhance your long-term health. OSA has been linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Sleep apnea can also make it more difficult to control diabetes. Fortunately, studies also show that, once you receive appropriate treatment, your overall health risks will decrease.
Contact Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley
If you are suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea, contact our office to schedule an evaluation.