Sleep apnea treatment and solutions in Newport Beach CA
A good night’s sleep is important. Nearly all adults know how it feels to function on less sleep than they need from time to time. Stress, illness, traveling, restless children, and many other factors can lead adults to reach for an extra cup of coffee or longing for an afternoon nap. Now, imagine that you never feel fully rested. This is common for many adults who struggle with sleep apnea. However, patients in Newport Beach, CA, can find solutions for their sleep apnea with Dr. John Ravera.
What is sleep apnea?
Commonly mistaken for snoring, sleep apnea is a serious medical condition in which a person stops breathing for several seconds at a time. It can be hard to diagnose, but, is noticeably different from snoring once a partner knows to listen for moments of silence due to the airway being completely blocked. Sleep apnea symptoms also include:
- Tossing and turning while sleeping
- Making a gasping or choking sound when waking up
- Excessive fatigue
- Trouble concentrating
- Frequent or chronic sore throat or headache, most noticeably in the morning
- Changes in mood such as anxiety, depression, or irritability
Treating sleep apnea
When caused by an obstruction in the airway, sleep apnea can be treated in several ways. Most frequently a physician will instruct the patient to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine involves a mask that covers the nose with a tube that is attached to a machine that sits on the nightstand. The machine pushes airflow and prevents apnea episodes. However, many patients find it cumbersome and uncomfortable and simply stop using it.
Dr. Ravera helps sleep apnea patients with an alternative treatment that uses a small oral appliance. This appliance, which is much like a sports mouthguard, fits comfortably in the mouth and allows the patient to sleep without obstruction and travel more easily. Compared to the CPAP machine, patient compliance is much higher, leading to better outcomes and improvement of a patient’s mood and overall health and wellbeing.Back to Home Page