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Sleep Apnea: Causes and Treatment

Do you or your partner snore? Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. One of the most common types of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which obstructs breathing during sleep. When you fall asleep, the tissues in your airways relax and can become smaller. However, airways can become obstructed by these tissues. In the most severe cases, sleep apnea can cause heart problems including strokes and heart attacks. Patients often wake up at night to breathe because they are being deprived of proper oxygen flow.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea can become apparent to patients in multiple ways. Common signs of sleep apnea can include:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • High blood pressure

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call the Claremont Dental Institute at (909) 277-6919. It is important to catch sleep apnea early before more problems persist and increase in severity. Men, people over the age of 40, and those who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea and should be aware of any symptoms of the condition that may arise.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. Vijay Patel and his dental team offer oral appliance therapy for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea at the Claremont Dental Institute. This treatment method is practical, discreet, and custom-fit to each patient for their comfort.

Oral appliances act like mouth guards and are worn during sleep. They open up the airways to allow oxygen to get to vital organs. Oral appliances can also eliminate the vibrations that cause snoring for a more restful night of sleep.

This treatment method can prevent sleep apnea from worsening. In the most severe cases, sleep apnea can cause heart problems and stop breathing. It is important to receive treatment with our professional team if only as a preventative measure. Our team will be happy to find a solution that works for your specific needs.

Do you think you or your partner may be developing obstructive sleep apnea? Call the Claremont Dental Institute for treatment today at (909) 277-6919.