Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a serious sleep disorder that causes one’s breathing to repeatedly stop and start during their sleep cycle. While sleep apnea and OSA are quite concerning, there are treatments available to help provide relief and eventually get you back to a normal sleep cycle. Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Lakewood Dental Arts is committed to providing not only general dental treatments and braces, but also treatments to help bring ease to our patients suffering from sleep apnea. We proudly offer our services to the residents of Lakewood, CA and surrounding areas. To learn more about sleep apnea, it’s symptoms and treatments, continue reading.

How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?

Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? Are you tired and drowsy during the day for no reason? If you resonate with either of those questions, you may be experiencing sleep apnea. Since obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes most issues while you’re sleeping, diagnosing OSA can sometimes be difficult. If you do not have a partner to inform you of your constant snoring, there are several other symptoms that indicate the presence of sleep apnea that you can identify yourself.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (Indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Headaches upon waking in the morning
  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day

What To Do If You Are Experiencing Symptoms

If you notice that you have any of the symptoms listed above, contact Lakewood Dental Arts for a consultation. After evaluating your condition, our staff and doctors will determine if you are a good candidate to undergo a personal sleep study to help decipher the best possible treatment plan for your case. Lakewood Dental Arts is proud to be a partner of REM Sleep Labs, to assist in diagnostic testing of sleep disorders, like OSA.

Sleep Studies & How They Help With Sleep Apnea

If you are referred to REM Sleep Labs, you will be scheduled to undergo a sleep study called a polysomnogram. A polysomnogram is designed to monitor your sleep habits, identify any irregularities, and assess the extent of your sleep apnea or snoring problem. Amongst these irregularities that REM Sleep Labs examines and looks for during the study include:

  • Sleep related breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Narcolepsy
  • Rem Disorder
  • Insomnia

A sleep study is the only precise way to diagnose OSA. Once diagnosed, there are several forms of sleep apnea and snoring aid treatments that can be offered to bring the patient relief during sleep.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Treatments for sleep apnea vary case to case. For some, simple changes to the daily lifestyle can cure and help prevent OSA. Simple lifestyle changes include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Better sleeping habits
  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Sleep medications

If these lifestyle changes turn out to be ineffective, more extensive treatment methods will be recommended, like snore guards.

Snore Guards

Snore guards, similar in shape and design to an athletic mouth guard, are meant to be worn throughout the entire night. The appliance is designed to hold the lower jaw in place, preventing it from opening in the middle of the night. People suffering Snore Guards from OSA often find their jaw opening, blocking their airway and making it difficult to breathe. Snore guards are quite effective and bring most patients the relief they are looking for.

Snore Guard Results

Positive results from sleep guards include:

  • Improved breathing
  • Reduced snoring
  • Less health risks associated with sleep apnea

Lakewood Dental Arts proudly creates custom snore guards for each patient. The design is meant to fit comfortably and ensure a great night's sleep.

Get Better Sleep With Lakewood Dental Arts

If you think you have OSA, contact your local Lakewood dentist here at Lakewood Dental Arts. Our experienced staff will create a personalized treatment plan to help you get started on a path to better sleep.

If you have any questions about the sleep apnea and snoring treatments that Lakewood Dental Arts offers, contact our office or schedule an appointment today. We look forward to helping you get the rest you need with the quality dental care you deserve.