Countless men and women (children, too!) have a dangerous health issue – sleep disordered breathing. It often goes untreated because they don’t realize they have it, symptoms are misdiagnosed, or previous treatment was unsuccessful. Residents of the Manhattan Beach, CA area have access to effective care for snoring and sleep apnea at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions.
Sound sleep matters!
Quality as well as quantity of sleep is essential to feel and function your best. Only during “deep sleep” stages does:
- The brain organizes input it received through waking hours and exercise new neuronal connections. That’s why deep sleep is necessary for learning, long-term memory, and problem solving.
- Metabolic rate and energy consumption slow down. Those processes take a toll on the body, so sleep gives it respite.
- Heart rate decelerate, helping to lower blood pressure.
- Release of hormones that trigger repair of tissues, replacement of aging or dead cells, and mood regulation occur.
If you snore chronically, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). During an episode, the tongue and soft tissues block airflow at the back of the throat. Breathing becomes shallow or stops for up to several minutes. As blood oxygen levels drop, the brain sends a rush of adrenalin causing you to awaken abruptly. This cycle may repeat dozens of times per hour, preventing rejuvenating sleep.
Resolving sleep disordered breathing
In the past, OSA was treated surgically. Then, CPAP became the standard of care. This machine creates a constant flow of air, delivered through a face mask, to hold the airway open during sleep. CPAP is effective when used consistently, but many people have difficulty adapting.
Dental treatment for sleep apnea in Manhattan Beach, CA is a different approach. Once your physician has diagnosed and staged sleep apnea, the dentist fits you with an oral appliance. This device slips discreetly over teeth. It keeps the tongue depressed and holds the jaw slightly ajar and forward, maintaining an open airway. Most people adjust easily and experience significant improvement in snoring and OSA.
Isn’t it time to feel refreshed in the morning? Call310-340-6663
to talk with our dental professionals in Manhattan Beach, CA about sleep apnea treatment.