Do you snore loudly or wake up gasping for air throughout the night?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) 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 interruptions to sleep patterns are frequent, the body cannot rest 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 obstructive sleep apnea commonly experience:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heart attacks
- Chronic Fatigue
- Weight gain
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive 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. Other causes may include certain medications, and nasal polyps and/or sinusitis.
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. Anyone who shows signs of the disorder should seek a screening and sleep test. Early diagnosis of sleep apnea can be life-saving.
If you notice that you snore loudly while asleep, you should seek a screening 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 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 restores normal oxygen flow. 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 personal bag for travel. We customize the device to your specific measurements so it fits comfortably and securely into your mouth. Best of all, 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 and more common CPAP machine. More practical and discreet, oral appliance therapy is becoming a preferred treatment method 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. Sleeping with your head elevated helps open the airways and promotes better airflow. You should remain in the raised position for 10-20 minutes to allow your body time to adjust. Also, sleeping on your back allows better blood flow to your heart and lungs, improving your quality of sleep.
What foods cause sleep apnea?
While there are many potential causes of obstructive sleep apnea, dietary factors can play an important role in the development of this health issue. For example, certain foods may cause the body to produce more saliva or have a laxative effect, which can lead to sleep apnea.
Foods that are high in fat and dairy can make sleep apnea worse. For example, foods high in fat and dairy produce excess mucus in the body. This extra mucus can block airways at night. Weight gain from overindulging in foods high in fat and cholesterol can also cause sleep apnea.
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.