BEVERLY HILLS DENTISTRY
CENTER FOR SLEEP HEALTH AND WELLNESS
SLEEP APNEA BEVERLY HILLS
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WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
About 80 million people in North America snore, and approximately 12 million Americans have sleep apnea. So what’s the difference, why does it matter? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that involves pauses in breathing during sleep. There are two types: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and central sleep apnea (CSA). In OSA, the muscles supporting the soft tissues in the throat, including the tongue and soft palate, relax temporarily and narrow or close the airway. In CSA, breathing stops due to problems with the nervous system. Your brain “forgets” to signal your muscles to continue breathing.
Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and uvula, occurring when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. Several things can obstruct the airway and cause you to snore, including allergies drinking before bed, being overweight and having large tonsils or a deviated septum.
If you snore now and then, you probably have nothing to worry about. But chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a more serious sleep disorder. People with sleep apnea stop breathing in their sleep – sometimes up to 100 hundred times an hour – for one minute or longer.
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Screening Questions Before Treatment
Some questions we will ask to determine if you have sleep apnea include:
- Do you snore? Snoring is a sign that your airway is constricted.
- Do you feel tired during the day?
- When you wake up, do you feel like you haven’t slept at all?
- Does your partner notice that you stop breathing during the night? Or choke or gasp for air?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
You are at greater risk for sleep apnea if you are 50 or older, and if you have a BMI greater than 28. Men are more likely than women to suffer from sleep apnea.
SLEEP APNEA AND YOUR HEALTH
Lack of sleep has cascading effects that hamper every system in the body. Everything from digestion to mental concentration and memory retention is impaired. Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your chances of serious health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. At a minimum, you may feel groggy in the morning or unable to concentrate during the day.
OTHER SNORING PROBLEMS
Though snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, it can also occur independently. If your excessive snoring is bothering your partner, we have snoring solutions available. The most nonintrusive method is a simple oral appliance that keeps the tongue from obstructing the airway while you sleep. These appliances are similar to nightguards and orthodontic retainers worn at night.
SLEEP STUDIES: ARES WATERMARK
To determine if you have sleep apnea, we will need to conduct a sleep study. For this, we offer one of the best devices on the market: the ARES Home Sleep Test Solution. This device is worn on your forehead, with a tube placed over your nostrils. It collects data such as airflow levels, audio recording of snoring, and measurements of head position throughout the night.
TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE
2. Vivos Therapy: This is a method for non-surgically reshaping the airway to stop sleep apnea from occurring. Much like Invisalign gradually shifts the position of teeth, Vivos involves a system of oral appliances that gradually broaden your airway. Though the entire process usually takes 18 to 24 months, patients tend to notice improvements in their breathing during the first few weeks. Best of all, once your airway has been reshaped, your sleep apnea is gone forever. This treatment is used for those with obstructive sleep apnea whose breathing problems stem from correctable anatomical defects.
The results last for up to a year, and the procedure can be repeated indefinitely. NightLase is an effective, non-invasive, and highly convenient way to treat sleep apnea.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does sleep apnea have a cure?
Unfortunately, sleep apnea does not have a cure. However, there are many treatments we can use to manage its effects. Oral appliances and CPAP machines are quite effective at alleviating the symptoms of sleep apnea and helping you to sleep soundly.
Does snoring always indicate sleep apnea?
Not necessarily. Some people snore, but also sleep soundly. Snoring is more of a risk factor for sleep apnea than a smoking-gun signal that it’s happening. To determine if you have sleep apnea, ask yourself not only whether you snore, but whether you’re getting good quality sleep. Treatments for sleep apnea may also reduce or eliminate snoring by opening up your airway.
What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?
Leaving sleep apnea untreated means that you will continue to experience poor quality sleep. Getting regular, deep sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Bad sleep has cascading effects across your body, impeding concentration and memory formation, increasing fatigue, and even preventing systems like digestion from working properly. Sleep apnea treatment is highly recommended to maintain good overall health.
Is it annoying to sleep with an oral appliance or CPAP machine?
Even though it seems like it would be a nuisance to sleep with an oral appliance or CPAP machine, people tend to adapt very quickly. Before long, it will become part of your nightly routine, and your improved sleep quality will outweigh any downsides.
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