If you often feel tired during the day, and snore frequently, the cause of your exhaustion could be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In today’s blog, we’re looking at what causes this disorder, how to recognize it, and how your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist offers treatment with a custom and comfortable oral appliance.
The Causes of Your Poor Rest
Sleep apnea means that as you rest, the soft tissues in the rear of your mouth and in the throat become too relaxed and then collapse. This collapse cuts off airflow, so you stop breathing for brief moments until the brain wakes you. Even if you don’t remember waking up, this interrupts your sleep cycle and could happen hundreds of times each night for some sufferers. Factors behind the disorder vary, but could include large neck circumference, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, sleeping on your back, poor sleep routines, and age and gender (men 55 and older being at a high risk). However, this disorder could still impact all genders and people in their teens and older.
When to Talk to Our Team
Warning signs include the daytime exhaustion we discussed above, as well as snoring, headaches, migraines, irritability, trouble staying focused at work or school, and difficulty staying awake behind the wheel. If you encounter issues like these, then please let us know. We will perform an examination and discuss your sleep habits to see if you need treatment. Along with the oral appliance we often prescribe, we may suggest resting on your side, not your back, and avoiding alcohol, large meals, or vigorous exercise in the two hours prior to bed. Maintaining a sleep schedule is helpful (going to bed and waking up at the same times each night), as well as keeping your bedroom dark and cool.
Creating Your Custom Appliance
Our team will take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, using this information to create an oral appliance that fits like a mouthguard. Worn as you sleep, the device will help reposition the jaw to keep airway open as you sleep, preventing soft tissue collapse and helping you avoid OSA symptoms. If you have any questions about improving your ability to sleep, or about our custom oral appliance technology, then contact our team today. We want to make sure you rest without difficulty!
We Want to Help You Rest Easier
With changes to your daily rest habits and a custom device, we can help you enjoy a better night’s rest. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.