Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. These interruptions can occur up to hundreds of times each night and can happen for moments at a time or for more extended periods throughout the night. A person with untreated sleep apnea will wake exhausted due to poor-quality sleep, leading to daytime sleepiness during the day. People with sleep apnea are also at a higher risk for serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Snoring happens when air struggles to get through the throat and nasal passages during sleep, causing tissues to vibrate as the air passes by. This often causes a loud sound in the middle of the night, disrupting your or your partner’s sleep. It can indicate sleep apnea but is not always the symptom.
At Carlston Dental Group, CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask that provides constant air pressure to prevent blockage of airways, preventing snoring or apnea events from occurring. An oral appliance can maintain an open airway during sleep for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. This oral appliance is custom-made to fit over the patient’s teeth and prevent their lower jaw from dropping back when they sleep. The device helps patients breathe easily throughout the night, allowing them a whole night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that should be treated immediately to avoid complications. The condition causes a person to stop breathing for short periods during sleep, resulting in decreased oxygen levels in the body. Over time, this can lead to more severe problems such as high blood pressure and heart problems.
When a person experiences snoring, it is most often the result of an obstruction in the person’s nasal passage that causes vibrations when air is breathed in and out through the mouth and nose. Snoring can be loud and disruptive to a bed partner, so people who snore often isolate themselves from their family and friends. In addition to being annoying, snoring can be a warning sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea.
SomnoDent® is a custom-made device worn while sleeping to improve upper airway capacity and decrease collapsibility. The SomnoDent® Flex device features a revolutionary fin coupling component that maximizes patient comfort and compliance.
This comprises a one-of-a-kind SMH BFlex material and acrylic for improved retention and comfort. SMH BFlex is a soft polymer that is heat-cured, packed, and pressed with a proprietary chemical formula that promotes soft-to-hard polymer bonding at the layer interface. The outcome is an unrivaled and unprecedented fit in a tough substance, securely securing equipment with a snug fit - even on small teeth with a little undercut.
If you have issues with snoring or sleep apnea, contact Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get the treatment you need to improve your quality of life.