Sleep Apnea Treatment
Occasional snoring is common. But if you or your partner snore so loud that it awakens others or leaves you feeling like you haven’t slept enough may be a symptom of sleep apnea.
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea or OSA are commonly prescribed a CPAP machine that keeps the airway open with positive air pressure. Unfortunately, many find the CPAP mask uncomfortable or cumbersome and don’t wear it as instructed by their sleep physician.
At Smiles of Orange, we offer sleep apnea treatment using comfortable FDA-approved sleep apnea devices called the Vivos® DNA appliance® and mRNA sleep appliances®. While both address symptoms of OSA, they go one step further to treat the underlying cause.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when airflow is obstructed during sleep, preventing oxygen from moving freely into the lungs. OSA deprives your body of its need for a steady intake of oxygen and restful sleep and is potentially life-threatening.
Some symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic loud snoring
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Drowsy driving accidents
Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Restful sleep is essential to our general health and well-being. Patients with OSA experience numerous pauses in breathing throughout the night, lasting for seconds or minutes at a time. Sleep is disrupted, and lowered oxygen levels put your general health at risk.
Untreated sleep apnea can have serious health repercussions, including increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, cardiac arrest, and stroke. OSA can also contribute to or worsen symptoms of asthma and COPD.
The Link Between a Small Jaw and Sleep Apnea
An underdeveloped jaw and dental arch can profoundly affect a person’s oral and general health. One problem is that a smaller jaw leads to dental crowding because there isn’t space for teeth to erupt properly.
With a smaller jaw, there is also less total volume in the mouth. This leads to crowding of the tongue, which then falls backward, blocking the airway during sleep. An underdeveloped upper arch can also cause nasal passages to narrow and block the airway even further.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Orange, CA
As a holistic dentist in Orange, CA, Dr. Jackson understands how crucial restful sleep is for general health and wellness. After extensive research, she recommends Vivos® DNA and mRNA sleep appliances.
Vivos® appliances address sleep apnea symptoms but go one step further and expand an underdeveloped jaw without the need for drugs or surgery.
“DNA” stands for Day and Night Appliance because the device is worn for a portion of the day and night. “mRNA” is short for “mandibular Repositioning-Nighttime Appliance,” which repositions the lower jaw slightly forward to keep the airway open during sleep.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Orange, CA
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can become life-threatening without treatment. If you frequently awaken during the night gasping for breath, or your partner complains about loud, excessive snoring, you may have OSA.
Please call our Orange, CA dental office so we can schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jackson to determine the next steps.
We provide quality sleep apnea treatment for patients in Orange, Villa Park, Tustin, Yorba Linda, Brea, Santa Ana, Irvine, Newport Beach, and surrounding communities.