Improve your sleep with oral appliances for OSA in Glendale
Nighttime snoring and gasping may be irritating for your partner, but it can also be a sign of a severe medical condition. Sleep apnea affects as many as 10% of Americans, and a large number of cases go undiagnosed for years, which can have detrimental effects on your health. If you snore at night, Bright Smiles Dental Studio can help. Dr. Garcia offers patients in Glendale treatment for OSA using custom-fitted oral appliances.
How sleep apnea affects your body
Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects your nighttime breathing. People with sleep apnea will stop and start breathing throughout the night, which disrupts the sleep cycle and lowers your blood oxygen levels at night. It has serious implications for your health, and it can contribute to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and depression. Many patients may go years without realizing they have breathing troubles at night, and in many instances, their partner is the one that notices the issue.
Sleep apnea symptoms include headache, fatigue, snoring, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, and irritability. While some kinds of sleep apnea are caused by issues in your brain, obstructive sleep apnea is the result of a physical blockage in the airway, often caused by the placement of the tongue or jaw. While many patients treat sleep apnea with CPAP machines, they are loud and uncomfortable to use, and many people give up on them after a few weeks.
Treating OSA with a custom oral appliance
Dr. Garcia offers a simple, portable alternative for patients suffering from OSA. He will craft a custom oral appliance that you wear in your mouth each night. The device works by pushing your jaw forward gently to open your airway and keep your tongue on you’re mouths palate where it belongs. The appliance doesn’t require electricity, and it won’t disturb you or your partner like a noisy CPAP machine can.
The oral appliance has demonstrated widespread success at reducing snoring and decreasing apnea episodes for a sound, restful sleep. Contact Bright Smiles Dental Studio in Glendale today at (818) 290-8788 to find relief for OSA and snoring.