Breathe easy with sleep apnea treatment from Turlock, CA dentist
Q: What exactly is sleep apnea and how serious is it?
A : Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition affecting nearly seven percent of the US population. Sufferers are four times as likely to have a stroke as non-apneics, six times more likely to perish in an automobile accident (from daytime somnolence), and half will be diagnosed with hypertension.
Q: How does sleep apnea happen?
A : “Apnea” is derived from the Greek word that literally means “want of breath.” That’s exactly what happens during an episode of sleep apnea. As you relax into sleep, soft tissues at the back of your throat collapse, blocking the airway. You stop breathing for up to several minutes, cutting off oxygen to your brain and body. In distress mode, the brain sends a surge of adrenaline that jolts you awake enough to choke or gasp, and take a few normal breaths before the process repeats – potentially dozens of times each hour.
Q: What is the most common form of treatment for sleep apnea?
A : CPAP is the go-to solution for physicians treating sleep apnea. This device holds the airway open with a continuous flow of air pressure. Simply put, it works – if you use it.
Q: Are there any problems associated with using a CPAP machine?
A : Most people cannot rest comfortably next to a noisy machine and wearing a face mask, so compliance is low. Plus, patients may develop nasal congestion; dry nose, throat, and lips; or skin irritation. Even the latest-generation CPAP machines are awkward for travel.
Q: Are there better alternatives to CPAP?
A : There is a small oral appliance. It is about the size of a sports mouth guard. It is designed to hold your mouth open just a little and keep the lower jaw slightly forward to maintain an open airway. Most patients adapt quickly to putting it in when they go to bed, and wearing it through the night. The appliance is discreet, and easy to tuck into your handbag or pocket in its own carrying case when traveling.
Every situation is different, but studies have shown that oral appliance therapy can dramatically reduce episodes of sleep apnea. That means better rest for you and your bed mate.
Q: How can Dr. Ramsin Davoud help you with your sleep apnea?
A : Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a physician, and the level of your condition has been determined through a sleep study, it is time to call Ramsin K. Davoud DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (209) 666-8867 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Davoud is the dentist who men and women in the Turlock, CA area trust for effective sleep apnea treatment. You have nothing to lose but another sleepless night!
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