Have you ever been woken up by your own snoring? What about the snoring of a family member or loved one? If so, you should be aware that snoring is often an indicator of sleep apnea and can be a serious health issue.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep and is caused by partial or complete collapse of the upper airway.
Although the treatment of sleep apnea often involves the use of a CPAP machine, there are other more comfortable alternatives available. Dentists have used oral appliances to help with sleep apnea in adults for decades. The oral appliance is placed in the mouth while you are sleeping and work like a retainer or a mouth guard, gently repositioning the jaw in such a manner as to maintain your airway while you sleep.
Sleep apnea has a direct link to your quality of life. Recent studies have found links between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the following conditions:
If you suspect that someone in your family may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, it is important that they see a professional. Dental intervention can help prevent sleep apnea from occurring by correcting problems with the airway. Speak with your us at Jordan and Pham Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita about sleep apnea and its effects.