Sleep Apnea Treatment

Shawna Omid, DDS -  - Dentist

Shawna Omid, DDS

Dentists & Dental Implant Specialists located in Torrance, CA

If you wake up most mornings feeling tired, or your significant other regularly complains about your snoring, you may benefit from sleep apnea treatment. Left unmanaged, sleep apnea can increase your risk of more serious health problems, including heart disease. At the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, in Torrance, California, the team regularly provides sleep apnea treatment for men, women, and children. To make your appointment, call Shawna Omid, DDS, or click the online booking tool today.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

What is sleep apnea?

More than 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a common but serious sleep disorder. If you have sleep apnea, your breathing stops throughout the night. This causes you to wake up multiple times and it also increases your risk of more serious health problems. If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to make an appointment with a qualified medical professional as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner you can get a restful, rejuvenating night of sleep.

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

Yes. There are three different types of sleep apnea:

  • Central sleep apnea
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Complex sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to send signals to the muscles that control your breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax during sleep, blocking your airway. Complex sleep apnea occurs when you have central and obstructive sleep apnea together. 

No matter the type of sleep apnea you have, it’s important to seek treatment. Left unmanaged, sleep apnea increases your risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Who is at risk of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages and genders. However, certain factors may increase your risk, including: 

  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Nasal congestion

You’re also more likely to develop sleep apnea if you have a thick neck. People with a large neck circumference often have narrowed airways. 

How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

To diagnose sleep apnea, your dentist reviews your medical history, completes an oral exam, and asks you about your symptoms. Your dentist might also ask you to participate in a take-home sleep study. A home sleep test monitors your vital signs, including your heart rate, airflow, and breathing patterns. Your dentist can use this information to determine the type of sleep apnea you’re suffering from. 

What is sleep apnea treatment?

At the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, the team uses custom night guards to treat sleep apnea. A night guard is a mouthpiece that pushes your lower jaw forward while you sleep. This opens your airways and allows you to breathe more clearly. 

If you’re tired of feeling groggy or unrested, make an appointment at the office of Shawna Omid, DDS today. Call the office or click the online booking tool.