Sleep Apnea Therapy in Larchmont Village & Hancock Park
Headaches, chronic fatigue, and loud snoring. These are all side effects of a serious condition known as sleep apnea -- and they're also all too frequently ignored by sufferers, often because people don’t realize there is a simple solution for relief. Get informed about sleep apnea, its causes, symptoms and treatment. Doing so can help you or your loved one sleep soundly through the night once again.
All About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts the proper flow of breath throughout the night. This breathing cessation happens many times throughout a single night, and leads to frequent waking and interrupted sleep for the sufferer and their partner.
There are two main types of the condition, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA is caused when the body becomes so relaxed during sleep that the lower jaw and tongue collapse into the throat, partially or completely blocking the proper flow of air. This blockage shuts off oxygen access to the brain and causes loud snoring as the body works hard to resume breathing.
Symptoms of OSA include:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Frequent waking with a gasp or choking sound
- A sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
- Fatigue, confusion, headaches and symptoms related to poor sleep (also occurring with other types of sleep apnea)
Central Sleep Apnea
CSA is caused not by a blockage, but by a malfunction in communication between the brain and the body. With CSA, the brain simply doesn’t send the “breathe” signal to the muscles that control breath during sleep. This type of sleep apnea is less common than OSA, but causes equally serious issues when present.
CSA may be the result of other health conditions, including:
- Congestive heart failure
- Neurological diseases
Symptoms of CSA are similar to those with present with OSA, with snoring being less common in this form of sleep apnea.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea sufferers can find treatment with a CPAP machine, a removable oral appliance or a combination of both treatments. The CPAP machine is used at night and works by continually forcing air into the air passage, preventing its collapse and ensuring uninterrupted breathing during sleep.
A removable oral appliance offers a more convenient solution -- much like an athletic mouthguard, it works by holding the lower jaw into place during sleep. It’s a quiet, portable solution to the CPAP. For severe cases of sleep apnea, combined therapy (using a CPAP and a removable device) may work best.
A procedure may be necessary if non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea is ineffective. There are many options for treating sleep apnea with surgery, and the one that’s right for you will depend on your unique situation. Some surgical solutions include:
- Nasal airway surgery
- Upper airway stimulation
- Tongue surgery
Contact Us Today to Learn More About Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from the effects of sleep apnea, please don’t wait to seek treatment. We can help you find a solution that works, allowing you to sleep soundly through the night once again! Contact Geller Dentistry to schedule your consultation for sleep apnea today.