Obstructive sleep apnea is more than loud snoring. It is a medical condition that can trigger serious health problems. In the past, CPAP was a go-to solution for sleep disorders of this nature. It works if used consistently, but many people simply cannot sleep well wearing a face mask attached to a machine. Dr. John Ravera offers a comfortable, discreet alternative sleep apnea treatment for patients in the Newport Beach, CA area.
Understanding sleep apnea
The word apnea is derived from the Greek term meaning “breathless,” since sleep apnea literally leaves you without breath. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not send proper signals to muscles that control breathing. Complex sleep apnea syndrome is when central sleep apnea events repeat despite CPAP treatment. Obstructive sleep apnea, however, is the most common type.
Obstructive sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Shallow breath or cessation in breathing for up to several minutes at a time
- Choking, gasping, or snorting into wakefulness
- Unusual sleep positions
- Frequent repositioning
- Numerous bathroom breaks
- Headaches and migraines
- Waking with dry throat
- Chronic fatigue – feeling tired all day even with a full night’s rest
- Related to chronic fatigue, excessive consumption of coffee and energy drinks to stay alert
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
Sleep apnea causes are not yet fully understood, but excess weight and facial structure are contributing factors.
Effective dental sleep apnea treatment in Newport Beach, CA
The existence, type, and severity of the condition is diagnosed through a sleep apnea test prescribed by a physician and conducted at a sleep center or in your home. Then it is time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ravera for an alternative to CPAP sleep apnea treatment.
After evaluating your test results, he may recommend an oral appliance for sleep apnea. This small device, about the size of a sports mouth guard, fits over teeth. It keeps the airway clear by depressing the tongue, moving the jaw slightly forward, and holding the mouth open just a bit. Fit is customized for comfort, and the appliance is easy to clean. Most importantly, it is effective in resolving mild to moderate cases. For severe apneics, oral appliance therapy can greatly improve CPAP results.
Start getting the healthy rest you deserve. Call 949-877-3606 for an appointment at John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport Beach, CA.