Do you suffer from excessive snoring? Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Do you find yourself falling asleep at work during the day? Then you may be a candidate for sleep apnea treatment at Cypress Family Dental. Learn more about sleep apnea treatments from Dr. Wood and Dr. Chen below.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or OSA) is a common, but very serious medical condition that can be diagnosed by a physician in your area. Sleep apnea affects more than 20 million Americans and occurs when your airway is blocked during sleep due to throat muscles sporadically relaxing throughout the night. These episodes can last anywhere from a couple of seconds, to minutes and can occur more than thirty times in a given hour. These “non-breathing” pauses can ruin your REM cycle and switch you to a lighter sleep that can in turn cause serious health issues.
Snoring aside, prolonged sleep apnea can cause a number of health issues down the line. These include but are not limited to:
- Increased risk of stroke or death
- Cardiovascular issues include heart attack, heart failure and high blood pressure
- Memory loss
What are the Treatment Options?
A CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machine is a common form of treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open during sleep. If a CPAP machine is not sufficient, oral appliances from Dr. Wood may be necessary. These devices are worn in your mouth and help keep your lower jaw forward to open the airway throughout the night. Similar to a retainer or mouth guard, it works to prevent your tongue from collapsing in the back of your throat.
Contact Drs. Wood and Chen Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic OSA, please give us a call at Cypress Office Phone Number 714-828-4010. Drs. Wood and Chen are here to assist you and get you in for an appointment as soon as possible. We hope we can help you sleep better and live a healthier, happier life.