Sleep Apnea Treatment in Carson, CA

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Sleep Apnea: Depriving You of More Than Sleep

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA is a sleep disorder characterized by your throat muscles collapsing and obstructing your airways while you sleep. The lack of oxygen forces you to wake up multiple times throughout the night so you can breathe properly. This process deprives you of oxygen and essential REM sleep, and can lead to long term health issues when left untreated. 

Some of these health issues can include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Headaches
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Depression

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea, affecting anywhere from two to nine percent of adults, although experts believe the condition is underdiagnosed in asymptomatic individuals. Even if you don’t think you have sleep apnea, you should talk to Dr. Aluning about the possibility of diagnoses and treatment, so you can avoid the consequences of letting sleep apnea go untreated. 

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of OSA include but aren’t limited to:

  • Snoring or wheezing while you sleep
  • Waking up gasping
  • Waking up with a dry mouth 
  • Constant movement during the night
  • Concentration problems
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Impaired decision making
  • Irritability

Take The Quiz For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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No one should have to suffer from restless nights due to a sleep disorder. If you feel you may be suffering from sleep apnea, take this quiz below:

  • Are you a loud, habitual snorer?
  • Are you always tired, have trouble concentrating and staying awake during your work hours?
  • Do you wake up choking, gasping or holding your breath?
  • Are you regularly unrefreshed, even after waking from a full night’s sleep?
  • Have you ever dozed off in a social setting — party, movie, driving, etc?
  • Do you suffer from poor concentration, judgment, memory loss, irritability, and/or depression?
  • Are you overweight, and/or have diabetes, hypertension or heart disease?

If you answered ‘YES’ to two or more of the above, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, at Carson Dental Care, Dr. Aluning offers dental solutions for sleep apnea. 

Dental Sleep Medicine for Sleep Apnea

While it may seem strange to see a dentist for sleep apnea problems, Dr. Aluning is equipped to help recognize and treat the problem. Dr. Aluning is trained in dental sleep medicine, a school of dental practices focused on treating sleep issues using CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), or oral appliances. Dr. Aluning offers oral appliance therapy as an alternative treatment for sleep apnea.  

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What Is Oral Appliance Therapy? 

Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive method for treating symptoms of sleep apnea. Custom oral appliances are similar to the mouthguards you wear to protect your teeth during sports or from bruxism. The main difference is that these custom oral appliances treat mild to moderate OSA by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward. 

Adjusting the lower jaw tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction while you sleep. Custom oral appliances also prevent the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating as air passes over them, which is the major cause of snoring. 

Benefits Of Custom Oral Appliances

Patients tend to prefer oral appliance therapy to treat their sleep apnea for a number of reasons such as:

  • Compact design
  • Quiet
  • Custom made to fit comfortably
  • Allows you to speak and drink normally
  • Safe and effective
  • Clinically validated
  • Easily adjustable
  • Easy to clean
  • Packs and travels with ease
  • Warrantied against breakage 

The Oral Appliance Therapy Process

Before receiving your custom oral appliance, you’ll undergo a consultation with Dr. Aluning. During your consultation, she’ll gather information, review your medical history, and take a 3D scan to determine if you’re a good candidate for oral appliance therapy. 

Once it’s been decided that you’re a good fit for oral appliance therapy, we’ll make digital scales of your mouth, which are sent to the laboratory where the appliance is custom made for you. Creating your custom made oral appliance should take about four weeks.  

Once your custom oral appliance is ready, you’ll return to our Carson, CA office to have it fitted and make sure it’s comfortable enough for you to wear while you sleep. We’ll instruct you on how to insert and remove it yourself, as well as how to care for and clean it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sleep Apnea Treatment For a Longer, Healthier Life

Sleep apnea doesn’t just deprive you of a good night’s sleep, it lowers your quality of life and your life expectancy. A good night’s rest is vital to your body’s ability to recover from illness and injury, as well as your mind’s ability to keep you alert and awake when you need to be. 

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call Carson Dental Care in Carson, CA and schedule a consultation with Dr. Aluning by dialing (310) 549-5580. You can also fill out the contact form below and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly.