Our experienced Dentist offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea so that you can rest better at night and improve your health. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition, and can contribute to other health problems if left untreated, including heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems.
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep breathing disorder and is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as collapsed soft tissues or the tongue rolling back in the throat. These obstructions cause interruptions and pauses in breathing while you are sleeping. These interruptions in your breathing patterns can occur multiple times each night and can cause damage to your health in addition to disrupting your rest.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
- Irritability and mood changes
- Difficulty staying asleep at night
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Waking with a dry or sore throat
- Waking short of breath
- Choking or gasping sensations and sounds
- Long pauses in breathing patterns
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Memory impairment and difficulty focusing
Our skilled Dentist provides oral appliance therapy to help you manage OSA and get the rest you need. By sleeping while wearing a custom oral appliance, you can keep your airways open and breathe easily while asleep. Oral appliances are an alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery, and they work by moving your lower jaw forward slightly. This forward movement tightens the soft tissues and helps prevent your tongue from rolling back so that your airway remains open.
For more information about oral appliance therapy and sleep apnea in Aliso Viejo, California, please contact our office today at 949-249-8721 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Michelle Eng. We are committed to improving your quality of life.