Sleep Apnea Fresno, CA – Sleep Disorder Treatment
Do you frequently feel tired and drowsy during the day even if you think you’ve slept well the night before? If yes, you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea – a condition that affects more than 12 million Americans. Dr. Michael G Long provides a comprehensive solution to sleep apnea using dental appliances that help patients finally achieve a full night’s rest. In fact, Dr. Long is one of the few dentists certified to treat sleep apnea in the Fresno area. We encourage you to watch the video below and contact us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Loud snoring is a very common symptom of sleep apnea. You snore when the flow of air through your nose and mouth is physically restricted. It can cause severe health problems. However, if you snore it does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
It is a condition where your breathing stops several times when you are asleep. These non-breathing periods can be as short as ten seconds and can last for as long as two minutes. During these periods, the airflow is interrupted and the level of oxygen in your brain drops. This temporarily wakes you up. Most people don’t remember waking up and feel that they have had a good sleep, when in reality it is not the case. This constant wake-sleep cycle makes you drowsy and you feel tired during the day. Without proper sleep, your physical and mental well-being suffers. If left untreated for long, sleep apnea may increase the risk of some serious medical conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.
- Acid reflux
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Shortness of breath during sleep
- Loud snoring at night
- Snorting sounds that indicate breathlessness
- Fatigue throughout the day
For some people diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance may be recommended. Here are the solutions we provide:
- Oral Appliance Therapy – This therapy is highly effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea. It supports the jaw in the forward position to maintain an open upper airway. You are required to wear an oral appliance when you sleep. This device is custom-designed for you and it fits like a mouth guard. It is comfortable to wear and you can easily maintain it.
- Snoring Prevention Device – You may also be prescribed a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), an effective snoring prevention device. MAD is specially designed to keep the lower jaw in forward position so as to increase the space between the airway passages. This helps you breathe easily. MAD appliances are the most commonly recommended form of oral appliances.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep condition that occurs when the upper airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep.
When the soft muscles located at the back of your throat relax excessively, the airway narrows as you breathe, resulting in inadequate supply of oxygen which causes obstructive sleep apnea.
Common sleep apnea symptoms include loud persistent snoring, insomnia, excessive daytime fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, restless sleep, frequent visits to the bathroom at night and choking sensations while asleep.
Sleep apnea can be classified into three main types:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Central Sleep Apnea
- Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea affecting 5-10% of adults in America.
Mandibular Advancement Device is custom-designed by a dentist from a mold that takes the exact shape of your teeth and mouth. It keeps the lower jaw in position to increase the space available in the airway passage so you can breathe easily.
Yes, it is a serious sleep disorder that can invite grave health implications like stroke, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, depression and other ailments if left untreated. Due to sleep deprivation, this condition also increases the risk of fatal accidents while driving.
If obesity is the cause of sleep apnea, maintaining a healthy body weight works to alleviate the problem and if it is triggered due to a septal or nasal defect, a surgical procedure may be required. However, if your sleep apnea is mild or moderate, an oral appliance or dental sleep devices may be recommended.
Oral appliances for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea include tongue-retaining mouthpieces and mandibular advancement devices. These dental devices are custom designed to support the jaw in the forward position making it easier to maintain an open airway during sleep. Oral appliances are also a convenient solution for patients who cannot tolerate the CPAP therapy.
Ideally CPAP is the first line in sleep apnea treatment options. The CPAP therapy includes a breathing mask that is to be worn while sleeping to avoid breathing pauses and snoring. Other non-invasive sleep apnea treatments recommended to prevent snoring include oral appliances like MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) and tongue retaining devices.