Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA
Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea affect more than 22 million Americans. Sleep apnea is a very prevalent, and very serious sleep-breathing disorder that disrupts your rest and can have a major detrimental effect on your life. It can leave you exhausted and struggling to focus during your day-to-day activities. Sleep apnea also can increase your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and other serious health concerns. Dr. Kathleen Carson of Integrative Dental Arts wants to assure that you are aware of dental treatments she can use to help manage your sleep apnea.
Most patients with sleep apnea are prescribed a CPAP machine. Standing for continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP sends a steady flow of air through a mask that’s worn over the nose and mouth while you are sleeping, helping to keep an open airway. This common treatment method can be effective, but it has several disadvantages that many sleep apnea patients may not know before beginning using the machine. CPAP machines are bulky and inconvenient for travel—not only because of their size but also because they rely on electricity. Some patients find the machines difficult to maintain. CPAP machines often encounter maintenance problems. Wearing the mask night after night also has been known to cause skin irritation and dry mouth. CPAP machines can be inconvenient not only for you but also for your family members, who may find it difficult to sleep near you because of the sound coming from the machine. CPAP may even disrupt intimacy between you and your partner.
Encountering issues with CPAP can cause a sleep apnea sufferer to refrain from using their CPAP machine at all. This is the worst thing a sleep apnea patient can do. It will leave you risking life-threatening health issues and not treating your sleep breathing disorder, which only will get worse.
On the other hand, Integrative Dental Arts believes that oral appliance therapy can provide the long-deserved relief you are seeking from your sleep apnea. There are several types of oral appliances. These devices are unlike store-bought “solutions” to sleep apnea like anti-snoring mouthpieces you buy in stores. Our oral appliances are custom-fitted to your mouth—and designed for complete comfort and effectiveness. One such oral appliance is a mandibular advancement appliance that keeps your lower jaw in a forward position to keep your airway open. Benefits like those have shown us at Integrative Dental Arts that sleep apnea patients who use oral appliances are more compliant and enjoy more consistent results when compared to CPAP users.
Sleep apnea should be taken seriously
Any clinical treatment for your sleep apnea is better than none. Ignoring sleep apnea can have deadly consequences. Sleep apnea will not get better without treatment, and your symptoms will worsen as well. However, we want you to remember that a sleep apnea diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to settle for a CPAP machine. There are other options for you, and we want to help you relieve your sleep apnea symptoms.
Sleep apnea screening in Agoura Hills
Don’t wait until you are suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure. Don’t allow chronic lack of sleep and low oxygen levels in the blood to make you suffer mentally as well as physically. To learn more about sleep apnea, find out how to get rid of your snoring habit, or schedule a sleep apnea screening, contact the professional staff of Integrative Dental Arts by calling (818) 889-0400. We provide sleep apnea treatment to patients in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village.