Do you find that you are tired most days? Does the person sleeping one pillow over complain about your loud snoring? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the problem may be sleep apnea. This chronic condition robs millions of people of quality sleep every night. If you suspect that you might be one of these people, then Advanced Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA can help. Dr. Jorgenson and his team can diagnose and treat your sleep apnea, allowing you to once again sleep peacefully through the night and feel alert during the day.
Without treatment, sleep apnea can negatively affect many aspects of your life. Sleep apnea compromises your general health because it has been linked to hypertension and heart disease. Sleep apnea may also disrupt your lifestyle, causing impotence as well as difficulties with memory and concentration. And because sleep apnea reduces the amount of deep sleep you have each night, the daytime sleepiness can make driving and other tasks more dangerous.
The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. In this case, the tongue and other soft tissue in the throat collapse against the airway, thus blocking the smooth passage of air and causing snoring. Anyone can have sleep apnea, even children, but it is most common among men, particularly men who are overweight.
Other signs that may indicate sleep apnea are:
While these are common symptoms, they are not always present in people with sleep apnea. Thus, only a sleep study can properly diagnose the condition. At Advanced Dental Care, we send patients home with the equipment they need to conduct a sleep study in the comfort of home. A sleep physician then accurately analyzes the results of your study and makes a diagnosis.
If this physician finds that you do have sleep apnea and that it can be treated with an oral appliance, then you’ll be referred back to Dr. Jorgenson who will prescribe a custom appliance. The oral appliance works by slightly protruding the lower jaw in order to pull the tongue forward and prevent it from blocking the air passage. This results in better airflow during sleep, which makes for better rest and improved overall health.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea or find out if a sleep study is necessary for you, then call our Costa Mesa dental office to reserve an appointment with Dr. Jorgenson. We are happy to serve patients from Irvine, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and beyond.
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