Snoring & Sleep Apnea Devices Specialist

Prosthetics Dentistry located in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Devices

Snoring and sleep apnea are serious issues that can rob your body of the rest you need to thrive. Irving S. Lebovics, DDS, can diagnose and treat these issues through his self-named practice in Los Angeles, California. Take the first step today by calling the office to set up a visit. Booking online is also an option and takes just moments to complete.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can prevent you from getting the rest your body needs every day. There are different types of sleep apnea, and determining which type you are experiencing can guide your treatment path.

Central sleep apnea

This form of sleep apnea develops when your body and brain fail to properly communicate. This can cause abnormal changes in the muscles that control breathing functions. 

Obstructive sleep apnea

By far the most common, this type of sleep apnea develops when the muscles in your throat relax to the point they impede normal breathing. 

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

This type of sleep apnea is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause or contribute to many different health problems and can severely impact your daily quality of life.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Many people who have sleep apnea suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed. Knowing what to look for can help you determine when to seek treatment. 

Some of the signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Daytime irritability
  • Problems focusing on tasks during the day
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Frequent events in which you briefly stop breathing during sleep

As you can see, many of these symptoms only occur while you’re asleep. In many cases, your sleep partner is aware there is a problem even before you are and will report issues like loud snoring or gasping for air during the night. 

Are there treatments that can help with sleep apnea?

Fortunately, there are treatments that can improve your nighttime breathing and help you get a restful night’s sleep. One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is with an oral appliance worn during sleep.

These custom-made devices fit inside your mouth like a night guard or sports guard. They create a slight change in the positioning of your lower jaw, bringing it forward to relieve snoring and prevent your throat from closing during sleep. 

A system called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can help by slightly increasing the air pressure in your airways during sleep. This altered pressure prevents your muscles from relaxing and blocking your breathing. It takes a bit of time to get used to using a CPAP device, but the results can be well worth the effort. 

If you’re concerned about snoring and other sleep disruptions and would like to learn more about sleep apnea diagnostics and treatment, call or click to set up a personalized consultation today.