Sleep Apnea Treatment in Los Angeles, CA
An estimated 22 million Americans live with sleep apnea, and 80% of cases of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea go undiagnosed. Since sleep apnea is a disruption of the body’s ability to breath properly while sleeping, most often because the tongue slips back and blocks the airway, sleep apnea can cause serious or even lift threatening consequences. Here at California Dental Care & Orthodontics, our patient’s health and well being is our priority, which is why we offer free sleep apnea consultations.
Sleep apnea can cause much more than a poor night’s rest. Consequences of untreated sleep apnea can include:
- Daytime Fatigue
- Morning Headaches
- Heart Attack
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Problems
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Metabolic Syndrome
Certain groups of people and lifestyles have an increased risk for sleep apnea. Those at risk for developing this potentially life threatening condition include:
- Being overweight and/or having a thicker neck
- Males and post-menopausal woman
- Older people
- Those with a family history of sleep apnea
- Alcohol, sedative, and tranquilizer users
Sleep apnea is a treatable condition. Traditionally, it is treated using CPAP therapy, which involves a bulky, nosy machine with an uncomfortable facial mask. Corrective surgery is another option for those whose condition does not respond to the other treatment options.
At California Dental Care & Orthodontics, we use a custom-fitted dental sleep appliance from SomnoMed. The SomnoDent provides a durable, comfortable, and effective sleep apnea treatment alternative. The SomnoDent appliance works by moving the lower jaw forward to relax the tissues at the back of the throat and preventing the tongue from blocking the airways.
For more information about treatment options for sleep apnea, or to request your free sleep apnea consultation, please call the professional dental team at California Dental Care & Orthodontics today!