A Comfortable Solution with Sleep apnea treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea also referred to as OSA, is a potentially life-threatening condition. Categorized as a sleeping disorder, OSA can cause continued pauses in breathing when one sleeps. This can last for several seconds but occurs thousands of times in one night–leaving patients short on sleep every day. With the help of Dr. Brian Gradinger, patients in the Valencia, California, community can ask about OSA treatment that doesn’t require a bulky CPAP machine.
Understanding obstructive sleep apnea
When one suffers from OSA, their airway becomes blocked when they sleep. That might be due to various reasons such as obesity, allergies, large tonsils, or a deviated septum. When the airway is blocked, breathing can be halted for several seconds at a time. This can cause people to wake up frequently throughout the night–leaving them tired during the day.
In addition to fatigue, other symptoms of OSA include:
- Loud snoring
- Morning sore throats or dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Irritability or moodiness
If left untreated, OSA can lead to more severe health problems. That is why a diagnosis and treatment are necessary.
Treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea
When diagnosed by a medical practitioner, obstructive sleep apnea is often treated with a CPAP machine. This device utilizes a mask worn at night to maintain open airways and ensure proper sleep.
However, many patients stop using them because they are uncomfortable and challenging to travel with. Instead, our team may recommend oral appliances for sleep apnea. Dr. Brian Gradinger creates a special oral appliance worn at night to maintain open airways without being as bulky and uncomfortable as CPAP devices. OSA treatment with oral appliances is often one of the most effective ways to ensure the condition is managed correctly to provide patients with a better quality of life every day!
Learn more about alternative solutions for obstructive sleep apnea
If you are currently using CPAP therapy to address your obstructive sleep apnea and want a more comfortable solution, it may be time to ask your dentist about an oral appliance for sleep apnea. Dr. Brian Gradinger is pleased to offer the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea using sleep apnea mouthpieces worn during rest. Call (661) 450-6650 to request a visit to our Valencia, CA area practice to schedule a consultation appointment.
Do you snore excessively? Do you suffer from daytime fatigue? Do you awake during the night with shortness of breath? You may suffer from the life-threatening sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. About 1 in every 15 Americans suffer from sleep apnea and it is a problem that many don’t even realize they might have. But what does this have to do with dentistry? Because sleep apnea is caused by an airway obstruction, the disorder can be treated through the mouth. The Thorton adjustable positioner, or Tap appliance is one of the more popular ways to treat sleep apnea. When the jawbone yes lax, the tongue and soft tissue obstruct the airway. The tap appliance advances the jaw bone, allowing the air to flow freely and making sleep more restful throughout the night. If you think you might suffer from sleep apnea, talk to your dentist today about possible treatment options.