Sleep Apnea Treatment in Palmdale, CA
Do you find yourself waking up feeling more tired than before you went to sleep? Are you suffering from frequent migraines and having trouble staying focused throughout the day? You may have a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. Our Palmdale dentist can help treat your sleep apnea to give you the good night’s sleep you deserve!
What Is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be treated by dentists with the help of sleep apnea nightguards. OSA happens when the soft tissues and muscles in the back of the throat collapse during sleep and obstruct the airway. Questioning whether or not you have sleep apnea? In addition to completing a sleep study by a licensed professional, you can also be on the lookout for its most common signs and symptoms, which include:
- Chronic Snoring
- Dry Mouth or a Sore Throat
- Lack of Energy During the Day
- Mood Changes
- Waking Up Gasping for Air
Custom Sleep Apnea Nightguards
You may be wondering, how can my dentist treat my sleep apnea? Dentists can receive additional, extensive training to learn how to treat sleep apnea cases and create custom sleep apnea appliances to improve patients’ overall quality of life by helping them get much-needed rest. After receiving an OSA diagnosis and having difficulty adjusting to a CPAP machine, our skilled team and Palmdale dentist Dr. Michael Giovannini can hand craft a custom nightguard that repositions your jaw while you sleep. The mouthguard is adjusted periodically to slowly retrain your jaw to rest in a position that keeps your airway open while you sleep.
If I snore, does that mean I have sleep apnea?
Despite loud snoring being a common symptom for sleep apnea, snoring does not necessarily indicate that a patient has sleep apnea. The only way to get officially diagnosed is by completing a sleep study where a sleep doctor will monitor your breathing and brain activity during an overnight exam. Snoring is caused by the airway narrowing during sleep, but sleep apnea is defined by breathing being interrupted for short periods of time throughout the night. It’s also possible to have sleep apnea without snoring being a symptom, so if you have other symptoms or reason to believe that you may have sleep apnea, it’s still worth looking into.
Do I have to sleep with a machine if I have sleep apnea?
One treatment option for sleep apnea is using a CPAP machine during sleep, which works by blowing a steady stream of air down the throat so the body still receives oxygen even when the throat muscles are relaxed. CPAP machines work well for many patients, but the airstream is administered through a mask that rests over the patients’ nose that is connected to the CPAP machine with a long tube. Oral appliances are designed to fit comfortably in the mouth and they’re much easier to transport than CPAP machines, making them ideal for patients who travel a lot or just simply want a less bulky sleep apnea solution.
What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?
Sleep apnea may not have much of an impact on your daily life, but even so, it’s important to seek treatment before it becomes worse or other conditions develop as a result. Getting poor sleep every night can contribute to a weakened immune system, memory problems, and causing avoidable accidents. Sleep apnea also increases a patients’ risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Fortunately, our custom sleep apnea treatments are non-invasive and cost-effective, and they are a simple solution that allow patients to decrease these risks and increase their overall quality of life.