Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA
You’re not sleeping well, no matter what you do. No amount of soothing music, bubble baths, and chamomile tea seems to do the trick. What do you do? If you are like most Americans, you flock to your family physician in hopes of securing a prescription for the latest sleeping pill on the market. Does it work? Probably, but are you treating the problem or only masking the symptoms?
Sleep disorders are a real thing, and you shouldn’t discount your fatigue, mood swings, and lack of focus. If you feel like you are at your wit’s end, and have resorted to medications to get a better night’s rest, consider a sleep apnea evaluation at the dentist’s office. Relief may be easier and more convenient than you might think.
For many, it’s finding the missing piece of the puzzle that can make a world of a difference when treating sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a common sleep-breathing disorder that results in a restricted airway, meaning oxygen is not able to freely flow through the airway and into the lungs. This action results in the sufferer waking dozens, to even hundreds, of times a night. When this occurs, you’re simply not sleeping well!
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
It may be difficult to tell if you have sleep apnea without the consult of an experienced sleep apnea dentist. However, one of the most common symptoms associated with sleep apnea is snoring. While you may not know if you snore while asleep, the results of snoring will soon catch up to you.
When sleep apnea occurs it actually means that airflow is restricted while you sleep. In turn, the brain awakens from a deep sleep to signal the to the body that it needs to breathe. While you may unaware of these episodes as they occur, you soon will feel the effects by experiencing daytime fatigue, dry mouth upon waking up, irritability, mood swings, and even a loss in libido.
Treating sleep apnea
When it comes to treating your sleep-breathing disorder, consider bringing your dentist on board as part of your treatment efforts. Sleep medicine is no longer just for medical physicians – dentists are emerging as key players in treating these sleep-breathing disorders.
How can the dentist help my sleep apnea?
First off, dentists take a less invasive approach when treating mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. We already know that any CPAP users are non-compliant, only to give up on treating their condition within the first couple of months of getting their airway pressure machine. It is for this reason that we have found enormous success in treating sleep apnea patients by taking other measures, such as an oral appliance.
Oral appliance therapy
How exactly does the oral appliance help treat sleep apnea? Its comfortable fit is designed to help hold the lower jaw in a slightly more forward position, relieving the airway and allowing for proper airflow. The appliance is adjustable, by the dentist, and is convenient for patients to take with them when traveling away from home for an overnight stay or long trip.
If you are interested in more information about sleep apnea, and our medication-free method of treatment of treating sleep apnea, please contact us at The Connection by calling (805) 380-6169 to schedule your consultation.
The Connection provides oral health care with a holistic approach for patients in the Agoura Hills and Westlake Village communities of southern California.