Brentwood, CA dentist describes obstructive sleep apnea

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to proper functioning every day. Patients who are shorted on sleep or do not get quality sleep may experience a variety of issues. They may feel fatigued throughout the day and have difficulty with simple tasks. They may struggle at work and try to use caffeine to get them through the day. Patients may also experience increased risks of anxiety and depression if they are chronically tired. When patients are never feeling rested after a night of sleep, they may be struggling with a condition that affects approximately 25 million adults in the United States: obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder that keeps patients from reaching the deep, restorative sleep they need to feel their best every day. This condition results from a blockage in the airways. This may be a collapse in the soft tissues or the tongue falling back into the throat. Regardless of how it happens, it can cause patients to partially awaken hundreds of times each night without even realizing it. Because the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea occur while patients sleep, to get a proper diagnosis a sleep study is needed.

Sleep studies allow a physician to evaluate one’s sleeping patterns and take note if sleep apnea events occur. Once diagnosed, patients can discuss with their doctor an appropriate treatment plan. Many times, a doctor may suggest therapy with a CPAP machine. The mask is worn over the nose and mouth at night and administers positive air pressure to keep the airways open. However, this machine can be cumbersome, uncomfortable, and inconvenient for patients to wear every night. Patients often stop complying with treatment and therefore, never address their condition properly.

Instead, patients may want to speak to their dentist in Brentwood, CA. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury of Brentwood Family Dental provides an alternative solution for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. This is achieved with oral appliance therapy. This treatment allows patients to wear a simple mouth guard at night to control their condition. It holds down the tongue and positions the jaw so that the airways are open for airflow. Patients find this alternative easier to comply with, as it is more comfortable and less obtrusive than the CPAP machine.
Last Updated - June 2016

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