Do you snore loudly or wake up gasping for air throughout the night?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that affects not only your oral health but takes a toll on your emotional and physical well-being. Sleep is vital to living a healthy, productive life. When sleep patterns are interrupted, the body cannot regenerate properly throughout the night and begins to experience side effects of sleep deprivation.
“Sleep is a Health Issue. Being alert, energetic, rested is important to your well being. We have great Sleep Solutions. Let me help you get Better Sleep”
—Dr. Vijay Patel
Patients who have sleep apnea commonly experience:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heart attacks
- Chronic Fatigue
- Weight gain
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked while you sleep. This usually happens due to the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat. The patient is unable to breathe properly, causing vibrations that cause snoring. Patients with sleep apnea often wake up to 500 times during the night gasping for air as the body is repeatedly deprived of proper oxygen flow.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Several risk factors and signs indicate you may be experiencing sleep apnea. It is important to know that even some children can develop sleep apnea, and anyone who shows signs of the disorder should be screened. Early diagnosis of sleep apnea can be life-saving.
If you have been told or noticed that you snore loudly while asleep, you should be screened for sleep apnea. Snoring is the most prevalent indication of sleep apnea.
“I can stop your Snoring in. I specialize in helping patients achieve restful, snore free sleep and I can do the same for you!
Most snoring occurs when air pathways are blocked during sleep. Thus, it’s important to open the airway to allow more oxygen.”
—Dr. Vijay Patel
Other risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Being of the male sex
- Being overweight
- Having a large neck circumference
- Over the age of 40
Treating Sleep Apnea
91% of patients who wear an Oral Appliance experience improved sleep quality.
Dr. Vijay Patel provides his patients in Claremont, CA, with custom oral appliance therapy for stopping snoring and sleep apnea treatment. We fabricate a custom-fit oral appliance to adjust the jaw so the airway can remain open. The oral appliance opens restricted airways, and normal oxygen flow is restored. Many patients experience immediate relief from morning headaches and fatigue.
“For many patients, a custom-fitted Oral Appliance prevents snoring. By gently advancing your lower jaw forward and creating an open airway for your throat, it eliminates the vibrations that cause snoring. ”
—Dr. Vijay Patel
The oral appliance is discreet, effective, and small enough to fit in your carry-on bag for travel. We customize the device to your specific measurements, so it fits comfortably and securely into your mouth. Oral appliance treatment for Sleep Apnea is FDA-cleared and comes with a 3-year warranty.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to the bulkier, more common CPAP machine. More practical and discreet, oral appliance therapy is becoming a preferred method of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
Does sleeping with the head elevated help sleep apnea?
Some patients with sleep apnea find that sleeping with their heads elevated or on a pillow helps with pain. This can help encourage airflow.
What foods cause sleep apnea?
Foods that are high in fat and dairy make sleep apnea worse. Weight gain can also cause sleep apnea. Foods high in fat and dairy produce excess mucus in the body blocking airways.
How many apneas per hour is severe?
Severe sleep apnea is when a patient has more than 30 episodes per hour while sleeping. Some patients may experience apneas up to 100 times per hour, while some with a less severe case may only experience them between 3-5 times per hour.
If you believe that you or someone you love has sleep apnea, contact Claremont Dental Institute. Our dental care team can help you sleep better and improve your quality of life.