Forty-five percent of the population snore, and some of these snorers also gasp for air while sleeping without knowing it. If you are a man over the age of forty and overweight, you are more at risk of these issues than others. Snoring, gasping for air, and waking up multiple times a night are all direct symptoms of sleep apnea. Fortunately, there are a few ways to stop snoring and reduce the symptoms of this sleep condition.
Sleep apnea occurs when there is not enough room in the throat to let in air. Extra thickness in the neck often contributes to this problem. Losing weight can not only reduce snoring, but also lead to a healthier life, overall.
Dental and oral appliances
Our Los Angeles sleep apnea doctor can fit you for an oral appliance, which fits much like a mouth guard. It works by repositioning the lower jaw, or the jaw and tongue, in order to create more space in the air passageway. CPAP machines are also available, and accomplish what a dental appliance does, while also supplying a continuous stream of air into the nose.
Schedule an appointment with our doctor to determine which treatment may be right for you.