Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a condition that can affect you during the day but especially as you sleep. It changes the way that you breathe and causes you to take shallow breaths that affect the amount of oxygen that gets to your lungs. Most doctors prescribe CPAP machines to their patients. These machines are bulky and hard to wear, and some even find that they’re impossible to wear when they sleep. At Victory Plaza Dental, we can recommend other treatments that work just as well.
Why Should You Treat Sleep Apnea?
You might wonder why you should treat sleep apnea, especially if you lived with the condition for multiple years. Those with sleep apnea have a higher risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease than others do. It can also cause your heart to stop as you sleep because you don’t get enough oxygen. This is the main reason why you wake up feeling so tired and groggy. Treating your sleep apnea increases the chances that you’ll live a long and healthy life.
CPAP machines do a good job of treating your symptoms but are hard to use. You may find that you don’t want to drag the heavy machine around with you when you travel and that it puts so much weight on your body that you can’t sleep at night. At Victory Plaza Dental, we offer alternatives to CPAP machines for patients in the Los Angeles area who want to cope with sleep apnea.
Jaw Surgery for Sleep Apnea treatment
One treatment that you might try is jaw surgery. You can choose a procedure where the dentist removes one or more of your teeth to change the alignment with your jaw. This increases the size of your airway and helps you take deeper breathes at night. Another option essentially reshapes your jaw and often requires multiple procedures.
Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea treatment
Some of the same dental appliances that help those struggling with TMJ pain can help those with sleep apnea. A mandibular advancement device is similar to a traditional mouth guard and works on both your upper and lower teeth. Also called a MAD, it forces your jaw into a more natural position. You can also try a tongue device that functions as a splint to move your tongue out of the way and open your airways.
Contact Us for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you live in the North Hollywood area, help is just a phone call away. Contact Victory Plaza Dental Group for a sleep apnea consultation today.