Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing is obstructed by the tissues that surround your airway. This can happen dozens or hundreds of times a night. It can increase your risk of serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Our Hollywood cosmetic dentist offers treatments to help restore healthy breathing during sleep and alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Oral appliances are a first-line treatment for patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. These devices fit in the mouth like a mouth guard and prevent the tongue and tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway during sleep. They are comfortable and easy to use, and highly effective for many patients.
The use of a CPAP machine is another option. CPAP is a first-line therapy for patients with severe sleep apnea, and may be a good option for patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, as well. It uses air pressure to keep the airways open and clear of any obstructions.
These treatments are typically quite effective but are not cures. They can be used alone or in addition to lifestyle changes. Call our offices to learn more and schedule your consultation with our expert in sleep apnea in Hollywood.