Sleep Apnea is a common disorder for many Americans. Sleep Apnea occurs when you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. One of the most common signs that you’re suffering from Sleep Apnea is frequent, loud snoring. Frequently, Tarzana dentist Dr. Kaveh Kanani is the first of his patients’ healthcare professionals to discover they have this disorder. People who suffer from Sleep Apnea can benefit from a variation of a night guard. Dr. Kanani makes night guards at his eco-friendly dental office in Los Angeles.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Breathing pauses during Sleep Apnea can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. They will often occur five to 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. Sleep Apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. Patients with Sleep Apnea in Los Angeles move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when their breathing pauses. Interrupted sleep patterns lead to poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep Apnea is one of the leading causes of Los Angeles patients with excessive daytime sleepiness.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, there are no blood tests to administer for the disease. Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know it. Sleep apnea can go undetected because it only occurs while we’re sleeping. A family member, partner, or spouse may first notice the signs of Sleep Apnea. Someone sleeping close to you will often detect your sleep apnea because you often snore loudly. Most people who have sleep apnea don’t realize it because it only occurs during sleep.
Types Of Sleep Apnea
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea can potentially be a severe disorder. It causes your breathing to start and stop during sleep repeatedly. This type of sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. For example, small children may have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats, which can lead to obstructive sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
While the most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. People with sleep apnea also often have daytime sleepiness or fatigue. Here are some common symptoms of sleep apnea.
- Loud or frequent snoring
- Silent pauses in breathing
- Choking or sounds of you gasping for air
- Daytime grogginess or fatigue
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- Nocturia (waking up at night to go to the bathroom)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Decreased sex drive
- Feelings of irritability
The pauses in breathing happen in sleep apnea patients occurs because of the following:
- Muscles in the back of the throat are flaccid
- The tongue is too large
- Alternatively, the jaw is too small, causing airway obstructions
Oral Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is often to oral problems. One of the first signs of sleep apnea is often tooth grinding. Tarzana dentist Dr. Kanani will examine you for worn tooth surfaces, which is a sign of grinding. Grinding can cause tooth wear and breakage, and lead to inflamed or receding gums. If you’re experiencing a spike in cavities, this can also be a sign of tooth grinding. Cavities can appear as a result of tooth grinding because grinding damages the teeth, making them open to cavity-causing bacteria.
Who is At Risk For Sleep Apnea?
Individuals who are overweight or obese are much more likely to have sleep apnea. However, the condition can occur in thin people as well. Here are some common risk factors for sleep apnea.
Excessive weight – Your risk for sleep apnea is higher if you are overweight
Wide neck – This may sound unusual, but your neck size can also be a risk for sleep apnea. People with larger necks have more soft tissue that can block your airway during sleep.
Middle age – Sleep apnea is more common between young adulthood and middle age.
Males – Sleep apnea is more common in men than in women. The risk of sleep apnea increases for women with menopause.
Hight blood pressure – People who have sleep apnea are more at risk for hypertension.
Hereditary – You have a higher risk of sleep apnea if a family member also has it.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Dentistry
Oral appliances can be an effective solution for treating sleep apnea. Tarzana dentist Dr. Kanani can fit you for an oral device to help your sleep apnea. There are several mouth guards of which Los Angeles dentist Dr. Kanani can provide you. Dental appliances are an excellent option for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. They also work well for those who sleep on their backs or stomachs. Dental devices can improve sleep and reduce the frequency and loudness of snoring. Also, people are more likely to use their dental appliances than other sleep apnea treatments.
Dental devices have also been proven to control sleep apnea long-term when compared to the standard surgical procedure for apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment by Dr. Kanani
If you’d like to consult with Tarzana dentist Dr. Kanani about dental devices for sleep apnea, call his office today. Once you have your dental device, have a first checkup with your Tarzana dentist to make sure it’s working. You will also need to schedule periodic checkups for possible adjustment or replacement.
The best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea depends on several factors. Factors that will determine the best sleep apnea treatment for you include:
- The severity of your problem
- Medical problems you have
- The physical structure of your upper airway
- Your personal preference
Trusted Tarzana dentist Dr. Kanani has been helping patients sleep better for years. Dr. Kanani will work with you to select the best treatment option. Visit his eco-friendly dental office in Los Angeles today.