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Common Signs of Sleep Apnea

How your dentists in Los Angeles can help with your sleep apneasleep apnea

Has someone complained that you snore? Do you wake up suddenly several times during the night? If so, you could be suffering from sleep apnea, a condition that could cause serious health problems and even shorten your life. Drs. R.K. and Chethan Chetty at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA want to share the signs of sleep apnea and how they can help you.

Sleep apnea is the result of the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and going slack. The tissue can block your airway, resulting in your breathing alternately stopping and starting while you sleep. The reduced oxygen intake can cause damage to your vital organs including your brain and heart.

There are some important signs and symptoms of sleep apnea that you can recognize including:

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches or sore throats
  • Suddenly waking up gasping or choking
  • Sleepiness and inability to concentrate

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to get treatment right away because untreated sleep apnea can result in an increased risk of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and memory impairment among other issues.

Fortunately, there are effective treatments for sleep apnea. One method is the Continuous Positive Air Pressure device, called the CPAP. The device fits over your nose and mouth and provides a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep. It’s a very common treatment but it does have drawbacks including level of comfort, ease of maintenance and portability.

Your dentists at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry offer a better way, the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. This device moves your lower jaw forward, opening your airway and keeping it open all night. The Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance offers many benefits when compared to the CPAP. When you choose the oral appliance, you will enjoy:

  • Increased comfort, without the constrictive feeling you get with a CPAP
  • Easier maintenance, because it doesn’t require taking it apart to clean it
  • Increased portability, because it is much smaller and lighter than a CPAP

To view a great, informative video about sleep apnea please visit the services page on the website at http://www.eaglerockdentistry.com/library/8156/EducationalVideos.html and click on the Sleep Apnea tab.

You don’t have to suffer from sleep apnea when help is just an easy phone call away. To find out more about sleep apnea treatment call Drs. R.K. and Chethan Chetty at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA. Call today!

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