Sleep-related disorders have become a growing health concern among patients of all ages, often presenting overall health risks when left untreated. Seeking diagnosis and appropriate care for snoring, difficulty sleeping and any other common signs of a sleep problem will not only improve your health but also your daily quality of life. An experienced dentist in Orange County, Dr. Ayzin works with patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and offers an alternative treatment to the CPAP with oral appliance therapy.
Why do I snore?
Snoring occurs when part of the airway is blocked during sleep. Although snoring may be annoying, it can be a sign of a more dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing airways are blocked by tissue. Vital organs in the body can not get the right amount of oxygen when the airways are blocked, and it can be difficult to breathe as a result. In severe cases of OSA, patients may suffer heart attacks or strokes because of the condition.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are several common signs of sleep apnea to look out for:
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic migraines
- Difficulty focusing
- Poor memory
- Dry mouth
If you have noticed yourself waking up to breathe or your partner has noticed pauses in your breathing during sleep, call our office at 714.540.5511. Our professionals will work with you to find a treatment that best aligns with your oral health, budget, and goals.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Oral appliances can be used to treat sleep apnea. Dr. Michael Ayzin offers SomnoDent to patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea in his Costa Mesa, CA office. SomnoDent acts like a mouth guard and can be worn during sleep to prevent problems caused by OSA.
Oral appliances like SomnoDent:
- Open up the airways
- Stabilize the jaw
- Increase the tongue’s muscle tone
- Reposition the lower jaw and tongue
Patients with more severe cases of sleep apnea may need help from a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. CPAP machines deliver air through a mask that is worn over the mouth. They also clear the airways and provide patients with a steadier supply of oxygen. Dr. Ayzin may refer you to a specialist if you are diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea.
Treat Your Sleep Apnea Today
Do you or your partner snore? Do you often wake up in the middle of the night to breathe? Call Dentistry @ Its Finest at 714.540.5511. You can also schedule an appointment online here. Dr. Ayzin and his professional team offer high-quality dental care in Costa Mesa, CA and the Orange County, CA area.