Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Northridge and Manhattan Beach
Excessive snoring can certainly annoy your partner and may even cause you to make a decision to sleep in two separate rooms, placing strain on your relationship. While it may seem like an unfortunate annoyance, snoring can also indicate a serious health condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to stop while you sleep – often dozens or even hundreds of times per night. When your body stops receiving oxygen, it signals your brain to wake up and resume breathing. You may have no memory of these nighttime interruptions, but they cause health complications that you should not ignore.
Sleep apnea is caused by excessive tissue at the back of the throat, excess body weight, a thick neck, and alcohol and drug use, as well as age. Men over the age of 40 are the most common sufferers of OSA.
Unless someone tells you that you snore or stop breathing while you sleep, you may not even realize it. Some signs you may have a sleep disorder include waking up not feeling rested, daily drowsiness, dry mouth, sensitive teeth, jaw pain, headaches, and mood swings.
Failure to seek treatment for OSA can lead to:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Mood swings
- Early death
- Memory loss
- Body aches
Up until recently, the only treatment available to treat OSA was a breathing mask worn at night. A CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine is still the standard for many who suffer from OSA, but for others who do not tolerate the CPAP well or who have mild to moderate OSA, we offer oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA
Oral appliances designed to treat OSA gently move the lower jaw forward as you sleep, opening your airway to allow the free flow of oxygen without interruption. We design custom oral appliances for our patients to ensure the best fit and most favorable outcome. Our patients love this alternative and quickly get used to wearing their oral appliances while they sleep.
The Vitamin D and Sleep Disorder Connection
Dr. Gould and Dr. Adorjan work closely with a neurologist by the name of Stasha Gominak. Dr. Gominak believes that sleep apnea is caused by vitamin D deficiency, as are many other sleep disorders.
We are unique in treating OSA with a combination of opening the airway and treating the underlying cause, vitamin D deficiency. We, along with Dr. Gominak, are the only doctors using this method of treatment because it is so new and advanced.
Combining oral appliance therapy and vitamin D therapy has provided our patients with outstanding results. Our treatment improves the overall quality of our patients’ sleep instead of just applying a band-aid to the symptoms – we treat the root cause of your sleep apnea.
For more information about the vitamin D and sleep connection visit http://drgominak.com/vitamin-d-hormone.html
Are You Waking Up Tired?
Contact out Northridge or Manhattan Beach dental offices to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Gould or Dr. Adorjan. We have helped hundreds of patients achieve a better night’s sleep with effective OSA therapy.