Have you recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Our dentist in La Mesa may be able to help you sleep better by fitting you with one of our sleep appliances.
Sleep apnea occurs when an individual stops breathing during the night. It is characterized by excessively loud snoring followed by periods of quiet. Unfortunately, the periods of quiet occur when the individual stop breathing. This startles the individual awake, and they start breathing again. This can occur numerous times each night and results in the individual feeling exhausted and foggy in the morning. They may even complain of having a sore throat.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This occurs when there is a physical blockage of the throat that prevents air from entering and exiting the lungs. OSA can occur when the throat closes on its own due to excessive fat in the neck or the soft tissues in the back of the throat and mouth collapse.
Side Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea La Mesa
If sleep apnea is not treated, it can lead to heart problems, including high blood pressure, strokes, irregular heart beat and heart attacks. It can contribute to the development of diabetes and depression, and it can contribute to severe headaches and migraines. If you have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea La Mesa, you should schedule an appointment with our dentist to see if you would be a good candidate for one of our sleep appliances.
Dental Sleep Appliances from our Dentist in La Mesa, CA
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, one of our dental sleep appliances may be able to help you. Sleep appliances are often the first line of defense in treating sleep apnea because they are unobtrusive and non-surgical. Most individuals tolerate them well, and they can be utilized with other sleep apnea treatments, including CPAPs, which supply constant positive air pressure in order to keep the airway open.
There are two types of dental asleep appliances available. The first resembles a dental retainer and fits over the teeth. It is custom made for the individual and designed to pull the lower jaw slightly forward. This helps keep the airway open at night by moving some of the soft tissues forward so that they cannot fall into the back of the throat. The other type of device holds the tongue in place while the individual is sleeping to prevent it from falling to the back of the throat and obstructing the airway. Each of these appliances is fitted by Dr. Ben Mandel.
It is important to note that if you have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you will need to undergo a sleep study before our dentist can help you.
To schedule an appointment for a dental appliance, call our La Mesa, CA office at 619-660-0022.