Sleep Apnea Therapy in Irvine, CA
Irvine Dentist Providing Snoring Treatment
Do you snore while you sleep? While this habit can be annoying to family members, it’s usually harmless. However, there are some cases where loud, chronic snoring could be an indicator of a much more serious problem: sleep apnea. At Smile by Design Dental Group in Irvine, CA, we’re familiar with the strain of this potentially dangerous condition, and Dr. Michael Choi and his team can offer customized oral-based solutions that provide much-needed relief and help you sleep more soundly than ever before.
Obstructive Vs. Central Sleep Apnea
There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form and occurs when your throat muscles relax. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea may not be aware that their sleep was interrupted at all. In fact, some patients with this type of sleep apnea think they sleep well all night. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. People with central sleep apnea may be more likely to remember their awakenings than are people with obstructive sleep apnea.
At its core, sleep apnea is a disease that negatively affects the way a patient breathes while they’re asleep. During rest, they tend to stop breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time due to airway blockage, which sends an alert signal to the brain to wake up so that the problem can be corrected. This sequence of events can happen hundreds of times a night, leading to constantly interrupted sleep, added stress, and constant daytime exhaustion. Some other common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Choking, gasping, or snorting during sleep
- Long periods of silence during sleep (check with your partner to see if they’ve noticed this at all)
- Waking up with a dry mouth or throat
- Morning headaches
Irvine Sleep Apnea Specialists
Once you’ve been diagnosed by your doctor or a sleep specialist, Dr. Choi and his team will be happy to help you find a treatment option for your sleep apnea that meets your needs. Many patients find the relief they need with a personalized mouthguard (also called a sleepguard) that you wear while sleeping. This sleepguard will hold your airways open in a way that’s still comfortable, eliminating blockage and allowing Orange County patients to finally get a full night of uninterrupted sleep!
We invite you to experience comfortable, relaxing treatments at Smile by Design Dental Group in Irvine, California. If you live in and around Orange County and you need preventive, restorative, or cosmetic dental care, request your appointment now!