Sleep apnea is a common medical condition where a person stops breathing for dozens (or even hundreds!) of times every night. When this happens, oxygen levels fall and dangerous levels of carbon dioxide fill the body. Some people don’t even realize they have sleep apnea until they are diagnosed or until their symptoms make it hard to function throughout the day. Getting treated for sleep apnea can help prevent potential health issues and also help you get the rest that you need to feel good throughout the day.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause many serious health problems including :
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
- Vascular Damage
- Gastroesophageal Reflux
- Brain Injury
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
- Morning headaches
- Feeling drowsy throughout the day
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air throughout the night
- Waking up with dry mouth
- Trouble focusing throughout the day
- Drowsiness while driving
Anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, however groups commonly affected include:
- Men 40+ years old
- Those with a family history of sleep apnea
We are proud to offer a safe and proven alternative to the traditional CPAP machine — the oral appliance. Oftentimes what causes sleep apnea are closed airways that can be opened up with the help of an oral appliance. Worn like a retainer, these dental appliances allow you to maintain steady oxygen levels throughout the night. Compared to a CPAP machine, oral appliances are small, comfortable, and highly effective. Oral appliances can also be beneficial in other ways, such as reducing TMJ symptoms or improving teeth alignment.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea in Santa Barbara, CA, call our office today to set up an appointment. Take the first step towards a good night of sleep!