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Sleep Apnea West Hollywood Q&A
OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is also caused by an obstruction of the airway. However, instead of limiting airflow, it momentarily stops the person from breathing. As the level of oxygen drops, the brain sends out a panic signal, partially awakening the individual. As muscles contract and the airway opens, normal breathing resumes.
An apneic event (pause in breathing) is usually followed by gasping, choking, and loud snoring. As soon as breathing stabilizes, the person falls back into a deep sleep, often without ever becoming fully conscious. As sleep resumes, the muscles begin relaxing, and the process starts all over again. An apneic individual may go through this cycle hundreds of times every night.
Poor quality sleep can cause excess daytime sleepiness, difficulty focusing, and fatigue. When combined with routine oxygen deprivation, the effects can be even more serious. Scientific research has proven that OSA patients are at greater risk of developing heart problems (such as congestive heart failure, heart attack, or hypertension), strokes, and even traffic accidents.
At Delmont Dentistry, we provide comfortable, convenient treatment with oral appliance therapy. These small, lightweight devices are custom-made for a perfect fit and maximum effectiveness. They work by holding the airway open, preventing apneic events. Appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments such as lifestyle changes, CPAP, or weight management.
Approximately 40 apnea appliances have been cleared by the FDA, and they are now considered the gold standard of treatment in many situations. Different styles work differently. They may reposition or stabilize the tongue, jaw, or soft palette. Many are designed to improve muscle tone.
Dr. Michael Delmont has extensive training and experience in the treatment of sleep apnea. He will evaluate your situation to determine what appliance would be most effective, and customize it for maximum relief.
If you have, or are concerned about, apnea, call (310) 652-7742 and schedule an appointment today.