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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Southern California

State-of-the-art sleep apnea treatment.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for short, is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don't trigger a full awakening. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.

Diagram of obstructed sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Also known as OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Several types of sleep apnea exist, but the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.

Sleep Apnea Signs & Symptoms

Major Signs and Symptoms

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Daytime sleepiness, no matter how much time you spend in bed

Other common signs and symptoms

  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless or fitful sleep
  • Insomnia or nighttime awakenings
  • Going to the bathroom frequently during the night
  • Waking up feeling out of breath
  • Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
  • Moodiness, irritability, or depression
  • Facts about Snoring
  • Did you know ...
  • 87 million of Americans Snore
  • 47 million are suffering from Sleep Breathing Disorder
  • 40 million are sufferers of Sleep Apnea
  • and only 10% have been treated

Sleep Apnea may cause

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Gastric Reflux (GERD)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Choking/Gasping that wakes you up
  • Fatigue during waking hours
  • Morning headaches/migraines
  • Short term memory loss
  • Weight gain
  • Auto accidents
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Slow metabolism
  • Depression
  • Severe anxiety
  • Memory and concentration difficulty
  • Mood swings
  • Poor job or school performance
  • Mouth breathing
  • Impotence
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • ADD and ADHD symptoms
  • Heavy snoring

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Machine

picture of patient with CPAP appliance in bed

Surgical Treatment

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Oral Appliance

Oral appliances are most effective in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea although they do provide a treatment alternative for patients with severe OSA who cannot or will not tolerate positive airway pressure therapy.

3d model of oral appliance
diagram of how oral appliance works