What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition caused by disordered breathing during sleep due to relaxed muscles and oral tissues blocking off the airway. Patients of sleep apnea snore loudly, often feel tired or have a headache when they wake up. Aside from hampering your sleep pattern, it has also been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Sleep Apnea can be easily treated with an oral sleep appliance and your Redlands dentists can help!

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Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

Although loud snoring is a major indicator, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Here are a few other symptoms to be aware of:

  • Difficulty sleeping since the condition blocks your airflow, the brain keeps waking you up to continue breathing.
  • Waking up multiple times to use the bathroom.
  • Feeling exhausted throughout the day due to loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep.
  • Gaining weight.
  • Impaired concentration.
  • Waking up with a headache.

When you come in for screening the dentists will also check for signs of teeth grinding and broken or flat teeth.

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How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

Sleep Apnea can be treated with a CPAP machine, however, it is bulky and doesn’t allow you to sleep in certain positions. So, the better and more convenient alternative is a custom made oral sleep appliance. This mouthpiece positions your lower jaw slightly forward to keep your airway open. An oral appliance is a much better option as it is not only smaller, portable and discreet but also allows you to sleep on your stomach or side. Our ViVE Dental team can screen you for sleep apnea and provide custom created oral mouthpiece for treatment. Contact our office today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment at ViVE!