Sleep Apnea Therapy in Los Alamitos
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that robs you of your restful sleep and can leave you feeling exhausted and fatigued throughout the day. Because its symptoms resemble those of other conditions affecting sleep, OSA often remains undiagnosed. Don’t let disordered sleeping take the pleasure out of life any longer. Learn more about the condition and its treatment from Dr. William C. Poe, the dentist treating sleep apnea in Los Alamitos.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the sleep breathing disorder that causes sufferers to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. OSA occurs when the lower jaw becomes so relaxed during sleep that it collapses, partially or completely blocking the smooth flow of air from the lungs and through the airway to the brain.
The most common symptoms of OSA include…
- Chronic, disruptive snoring
- Sudden waking with a gasp or choking sound (often observed by a partner)
- Sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
- Fatigue, irritability, confusion during the day
Keep in mind that because the sleep apnea sufferer may not remember snoring loudly or waking frequently throughout the night, it is often the sleeping partner who identifies a problem requiring treatment.
How Sleep Apnea Affects Heart Health
If you suspect you or your loved one are dealing with OSA, do not wait to seek treatment. When ignored, the condition can wreak havoc on your heart health, sometimes resulting in premature death.
Your heart takes a lot of pressure throughout the day -- especially if you are already under stress or add additional factors like alcohol or tobacco use. When you are unable to fall into a restful, full night’s sleep, the heart does not receive the rest and relaxation it needs to recharge. This constant activity puts you at an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, heart disease, and other cardiovascular conditions.
In addition to affecting your heart health, OSA has been linked to depression and migraine headaches. Seeking a diagnosis and treatment for OSA is crucial for protecting your overall health.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment from Dr. Poe
If you suspect you are suffering from OSA, first seek a diagnosis from your general doctor, then visit your dentist for sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Poe treats OSA with a removable oral appliance. Small, silent, and portable, the oral appliance is preferable for patients who have not found success with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. The CPAP is bulky, uncomfortable, and can be more disruptive than the original symptoms.
Oral appliance therapy works by holding your lower jaw in place, preventing its collapse and facilitating the smooth flow of air during sleep. The appliance is custom-fitted to your mouth, ensuring the maximum in comfort for continuous use.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis? Get Started With Treatment
If you have recently received a sleep apnea diagnosis, visit Dr. Poe to get started with your treatment. We can help you regain eight hours of restful sleep with the removable oral appliance. Request an appointment online today!