Get a restful night’s sleep with obstructive sleep apnea treatment in Manhattan Beach
One of the most important things you can do to function, look, and feel your best is get a good night’s sleep. The quality of your sleep is just as important as the amount of time you spend sleeping, but obstructive sleep apnea can get in the way of restorative sleep. Dr. Don Mungcal and his team at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions provide effective treatment for this disorder so you can stop snoring and start sleeping better.
The quality of your sleep impacts your health and well-being
Sleep is one of the human body’s basic needs, such as breathing, eating, and drinking. If you don’t sleep enough each night, at the wrong time of day, or have a disorder that affects the quality of your sleep, it can cause problems with both your physical and mental health.
Besides being tired throughout the day and being less productive at home and work, not getting enough sleep can affect your ability to learn, focus, and react, and you may feel more irritated or worried than usual. Sleep deficiencies are also linked to several serious chronic health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, depression, obesity, and others. Individuals who are sleep deprived are also more susceptible to injuries and accidents, such as falls in the elderly, traffic accidents that cause injury or death, or other incidents due to human error. In addition, not getting enough sleep can affect your physical appearance, leading to dark, puffy circles under your eyes, sagging skin, and weight gain.
In short, getting ample, high quality sleep is important to function optimally and feel great.
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Obstructive sleep apnea: overview and symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which your upper airway is partially or completely blocked while you sleep. When that happens, your breathing is affected and may even stop for several minutes, which drops your blood oxygen levels and can cause you to may snore awaken, jerk your body, or create a loud gasp. This overall process disrupts your sleep many times per night, but you will probably not know when it happens. Most commonly, a person sharing a bed with you will be the first to notice the condition.
Sleep apnea is estimated to affect 22 million Americans, and approximately 80 percent of people who have moderate or severe cases have not yet been diagnosed. Common signs and symptoms include:
- Snoring regularly when you sleep
- Sleepiness and fatigue when you wake up, or trouble getting out of bed
- Restlessness while you sleep, or sudden waking that corresponds with a feeling of choking or gasping for air
- Headaches, dry mouth, or sore throat upon wakening
- Symptoms of sleep deprivation, such as trouble with learning or concentrating, forgetting things, and mood changes
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you should see your doctor. To evaluate and diagnose the condition, your doctor may recommend that you go to a sleep center for overnight monitoring. You may also be able to do a home sleep test to determine whether you have the condition.
Treating obstructive sleep apnea
If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can have major consequences both in the short- and long-term. Fortunately, there are several effective treatment options available, including non-invasive dental treatment.
Historically, sleep apnea was treated with surgery, but due to its invasive nature, treatment shifted over time to the CPAP machine. A CPAP machine uses a face mask that ensures you have a constant airflow while you are sleeping. However, CPAP masks can be challenging to use and adapt to, and approximately 50 percent of patients give up using them or fail to achieve high quality sleep.
Dental treatment is a non-invasive, modern approach to sleep apnea. After your doctor diagnoses you with sleep apnea, your dentist can create an oral appliance that is custom-fitted to your mouth, similar to a mouth guard. This appliance holds your jaw slightly open and forward and keeps your tongue depressed, which keeps your airway open. The device fits discreetly over your teeth and is less burdensome than a CPAP mask. It only needs to be worn while you are sleeping. Dental treatment for obstructive sleep apnea can help ensure that you get a good night’s sleep, and your bed partner will also appreciate the quiet slumber.
Dr. Don Mungcal and associates at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions can discuss this effective treatment with you and fit you with a custom appliance in their clean, modern facility. The office offers prompt new patient exams and the staff will be happy to answer any questions that you have, as well as discuss various financial options for your treatment. Call Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions at (310) 340-6663 to schedule an appointment today!
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