Sleep apnea is a sleep condition or disorder marked by the repeated stopping and starting of breathing as you sleep. This occurs because the airways get blocked while sleeping, hindering airflow. Fortunately, sleep apnea is treatable.
Here at SC Dental Group in Encino, CA, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer, offers sleep apnea treatment and management options. Proper treatments will enable you to live your daily life without the frustrating symptoms that typically come with sleep apnea. Here’s what you need to know about these treatment options.
In individuals who are not good candidates for CPAP therapy or can’t stand wearing the mask while sleeping, dental appliances could be the answer. These look similar to bite or mouth guards that people wear to help them from grinding their teeth. They work by pulling the jawbone forward as you slumber, resulting in opening your airway further. Ask your dentist serving Encino, CA, to see if dental devices will work to manage your sleep apnea.
Lose Excess Weight
Shedding extra weight can significantly help manage sleep apnea symptoms. It’s estimated that approximately 70% of individuals suffering from sleep apnea are obese or overweight. The reason for this is that excess fat in the throat could block your airway. Likewise, a bigger tongue could exacerbate your symptoms, and fat could buildup in the tongue if you are obese or overweight.
Talk to Us To Learn If You Can Benefit From Sleep Apnea Treatment
Book an appointment here at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA and serving Encino, CA, with Dr. Michael Amir or Dr. Larry Hamer, by dialing (818) 905-5400.