Sleep Apnea Oxnard, CA
Sleep apnea is essentially your body choking on itself and causing repeated episodes of partial or complete suffocation sometimes lasting a minute or more
“Are Your Sleeping Patterns So Severe That They Are Killing You?”
If your spouse doesn’t end up harming you in the middle of the night because of your snoring your sleep might! Sleep Apnea is a severe condition that could literally be choking the life out of you.
If you are interested in improving your and your bed partner’s sleep, book a Free Consultation with Anacapa Dental Art Institute!
In our office located in Oxnard we offer complete treatment for Sleep Apnea and snoring. From testing, home sleep study to fabricating your custom Sleep Apnea mouth guard or snoring device Anacapa Dental Art Institute will help your family to get a restful night of sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many believe they are getting a good night’s sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If it has been brought to your attention that you snore loudly or if you have been made aware of choking and gasping sounds you make while sleeping, you may have sleep apnea. If persistent, these symptoms should be brought to the attention of your primary physician.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed by a physician or somnologist, typically based on data collected through special equipment while you sleep. This equipment monitors airflow, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels, providing your physician with information about the quality of your sleep. This information will enable your doctor to make the appropriate diagnosis.
If Sleep Apnea is a concern, you may be asking yourself these questions:
- Can I get a free consultation for my sleep disorders?
- What are my sleep apnea treatment options?
- Are there any options for a home sleep apnea test?
- What causes snoring?
- How do I stop snoring?
- What are the symptoms and side effects of sleep apnea?
- What is the difference between CPAP machine and Sleep Apnea mouth guard?
Most people with sleep apnea do not realize they have it. Oftentimes it’s a partner, spouse or housemate who notices you are gasping or choking in your sleep. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call your doctor right away for testing and diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with OSA, visit our Oxnard office to learn if we can help you find a safe, comfortable, and effective treatment for your condition.
What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring at night
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
Airways blocked by tissue, large tonsils, large tongue and/or collapsing muscles may result in snoring and lead to sleep apnea.
Types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA most common type of Sleep Apnea.
When throat muscles relax during sleep, the air passages may become blocked because the soft tissues around the throat and nasal airways also relax impeding the free flow of air.
It is most common type of Sleep Apnea. When throat muscles relax during sleep, the air passages may become blocked because the soft tissues around the throat and nasal airways also relax impeding the free flow of air.
1.1 Mild OSA: A person that suffers has 5-14 episodes of interruption in breathing in 1 hour.
1.2. Moderate OSA: A person that suffers has 15-30 episodes of interruption in breathing in 1 hour.
1.3. Severe OSA: A person that suffers has 30 or more episodes interruptions in breathing in 1 hour.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
Central Sleep Apnea or CSA – there is an imbalance in the brain’s respiratory control center during sleep, disrupting the signals between the brain and the diaphragm muscles that control breathing.
Mixed Sleep or Complex Sleep Apnea
Mixed Sleep Apnea is a blend of both obstructive and central apneas symptoms.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the severity of each individual case, and the type of apnea. Basic treatment can be behavioral — for instance, patients are instructed to lose weight, stop smoking, or sleep on their sides instead of on their backs. Beyond that, oral devices can be used to position the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage. In more severe cases, surgery may be the best option.
СРАР (Continuous Positive Aіrwау Pressure) machine is typically prescribed to treat Severe OSA. This dental sleep appliance consists of the apparatus that pumps the air into the mask through the air tubes. This sleep apnea treatment requires the patient to wear a CPAP mask while sleeping, over the nose, or the mouth, or both. It is secured on the face with straps. А CPAP pumps a controlled stream of air into the mask. The additional pressure holds open the relaxed muscles, mush as if air inflates a balloon. The patient’s physician, based on an overnight test, prescribes the amount of pressure.
There are variants of the CPAP sleep apnea treatments. VPAP means variable positive airway pressure. Also known as bi-level or BiPAP, provides higher pressure during inhalation and lower pressure during exhalation, and is often utilized for patients who have other respiratory problems. АРАР or automatic positive airway pressure is the newest form of breathing maching type sleep apnea treatments.
Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard
A sleep apnea mouth guard Is an oral sleep appliance that keeps the airway open during sleep. A patient can get one in a dental office. Sleep apnea mouthpiece is a small oral appliance meant to manage Mild to Moderate OSA. It is easy to wear, easy for travel. Sleep apnea mouth guards by far are the most popular option amongst sleep apnea patients. Anacapa Dental Art Institute office provides not only testing for sleep apnea, but we also offer a solution like Sleep Apnea mouth guard. You will be able to find out about complete Sleep Apnea treatment in Anacapa Dental Art Institute office below.
Sleep Apnea Surgery
In cases, where the cause is a physical deformity, surgery might be needed before any Sleep Appliance, or Machine is prescribed. Success rate from surgical procedures, though, is not high. Surgery is one of the more invasive sleep apnea treatments. Several procedures exist. Surgeons can remove and tighten tissue, and widen the airway. More intrusive treatments include surgical procedures like jaw correction and adding implants. А tracheotomy could be an option for those that suffer from severe Sleep Apnea that is life threatening. This procedure creates an opening surgically in the neck then a tube is inserted.
Prescription medicines are another possible treatment, though like surgery not highly successful. Stimulants can reduce the number of sleep apnea episodes, but produce side effects like palpitations and insomnia. When other sleep apnea treatments fail to treat the disorder, stimulants can be prescribed to help the patient’s daytime sleepiness. As a complete sleep apnea treatment, however, prescribed medicines are ineffective.
Results of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Is a diagnosis of OSA permanent? That depends, at least in part, on you. Treatments may be effective at holding airways open, but many of the causes of OSA are related to lifestyle choices.
Risk factors for OSA include:
- Cigarette use
- Alcohol and narcotic use
- Being overweight
- Being inactive
If your condition is related to lifestyle choices, you will need to address those for long-term success. Continuing to do those things that cause sleep apnea will limit the efficacy of treatment efforts. Leading a healthy lifestyle may be necessary for lasting results.
Efforts to change poor behaviors are well worth it. When untreated for years, sleep apnea has the potential to increase your risk for very serious health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart attack
- Atrial fibrillation
The risks of untreated OSA are too great to ignore. If you suspect you have sleep apnea or if you have been diagnosed but have yet to seek treatment, contact us today to schedule an evaluation and learn how we can help.
Sleep Apnea Professionals You Can Trust
Anacapa Dental Art Institute is dedicated to providing men and women in Oxnard and beyond the most advanced and effective treatments available. With OSA, this extends to oral appliances that have a standing record of comfort and efficacy along with lifestyle recommendations based on years of observation, study, and personal experience. We care about each patient we treat and will take time to create a plan that is effective without being punitive, helping move you towards years of restful and restorative sleep.
If you are a candidate for the sleep apnea procedure, you would be hard-pressed to find a dentist in Ventura County more capable than Dr. Jivraj and his team at Anacapa Dental Art Institute. With over 25 years experience to boast, Dr. Jivraj is truly an artist when it comes to the sleep apnea procedures. If you are searching for an experienced Oxnard sleep apnea dentist, please call Anacapa Dental Art Institute at (805) 988-3317 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring, skilled dentists.
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