Sleep apnea is a prevalent condition, with potentially serious consequences if left untreated. The most common form of this condition, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when air flow is interrupted during sleep. At the office of Melinda Marino, DDS, we provide leading-edge solutions for sleep apnea, helping to improve your overall health and quality of life. Your 92131 sleep apnea dentist can provide a customized oral appliance to address the symptoms of sleep apnea and help you get a good night’s rest.
During sleep, all the muscles in your body, including the muscles at the back of your throat, go into a state of a relaxation. For patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, the throat muscles not only relax, but collapse completely, causing a blockage of the airway. Men over the age of forty who are overweight are at an increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea. To diagnose this condition, you will typically need to undergo a sleep study, with a medical professional, who can observe your symptoms while you sleep. Your doctor may observe abrupt awakenings, heavy snoring, gasping and cessation of breathing during sleep. Because sleep apnea disrupts your normal sleep cycle, you may experience daytime symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating. Your highly skilled dentist provides 92131 sleep apnea treatment using a customized oral appliance. An oral appliance keeps your airway open during sleep, by pushing the tongue and lower jaw slightly forward to prevent the muscles at the back of the throat from collapsing. An oral appliance is worn similarly to a retainer, and fits over the upper and lower teeth comfortably. Your dentist will instruct you on how to correctly use and care for your oral appliance.
With the right 92131 sleep apnea dentist by your side, you can enjoy better sleep and improved quality of life. At the office of Melinda Marino, DDS, we provide an individualized approach to finding the right solution for you. To learn more, give us a call today.