Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is an extremely common but potentially serious sleep disorder. Symptoms of sleep apnea can include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, daytime sleepiness or irritability and waking with a headache, sore throat or dry mouth. Symptoms can affect not only the person with sleep apnea but also his or her partner. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, our Northridge sleep apnea treatment expert can help.
Mild cases of sleep apnea often respond to lifestyle changes. While sleep apnea is not curable, it is highly treatable. Symptoms can often be alleviated by reducing or eliminating habits that can increase the incidence or severity of the condition. Our expert in sleep apnea treatment in Northridge can evaluate your symptoms, your day-to-day habits and any medications that you take to identify areas of concern. We may then make specific recommendations, such as changing sleeping positions, reducing alcohol intake, avoiding or changing medications that trigger symptoms, losing weight and quitting smoking.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Northridge
Our Northridge sleep apnea treatment expert may recommend other treatments as well. Oral appliances can be quite effective for mild to moderate sleep apnea cases. These appliances are customized to the shape of your mouth and are made to keep your airway open during sleep. They are comfortable to wear and easy to use and are often preferred over other more extensive treatments. CPAP machines may be recommended for more severe cases of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can significantly interfere with your ability to sleep soundly. Because your breathing can be interrupted hundreds of times a night, you may never enter the deeper, more restful stages of sleep. This results in increased irritability or a sense of fatigue and an increased risk of certain health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. Your sleeping partner may also suffer decreased sleep as a result of your sleep apnea. Our expert in sleep apnea treatment in Northridge offers a variety of treatment options to meet your needs and help you get a more restful night’s sleep.
Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your initial consultation with our Northridge dentist.