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Sleep Apnea Los Angeles

Let’s discuss Sleep Apnea.

Do you ever wake up gasping for air or keeping your bed partners up all night with your snoring? It’s the worst way to go through the night. Sleep apnea is a very dangerous condition if left undiagnosed and treated can cause death. Yes, death.

Sleep Apnea (Greek for Without Breath) is a diagnosed condition of your deprivation of oxygen while you sleep. For some reason you stop breathing while you sleep, you deprive your brain of oxygen. Your brain will send a message to your lung to breath so that you don’t have brain damage.

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What causes sleep apnea?

So many factors come into play when we deal with habits, diets, and drugs and is a real problem sometimes caused by your own brain. There’s a couple of types of Sleep Apnea. The first is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) where you have a physical obstruction that closes your airway. Your tongue, tonsils, adenoids, a tumor or swelling due to allergies, are the most common obstructers for this condition. We need to remove what is closing your airway by getting it out of the way. Just tilting your head will open your airway. Just like in CPR, we tilt the head and neck to get the airway open and our body can do its thing by breathing. Of course, if you need to remove our tonsils or any other tissue, your medical team will be able to take care of that situation. If that solves the problem, you are good to go. Get some rest.

There’s also another condition called Central Sleep Apnea which is a bit more complicated. Your brain fails to let your body know that it’s time to breathe. This can happen several to hundreds of time per hour. You stop breathing and then you wake up gasping for air. There are times when you are not even aware that you wake up gasping. It’s a very dangerous situation when you fail to breathe. What triggers this condition? We don’t know but we can have tests run to try to understand your condition and come up with solutions to give you peace of mind.

It would be a great idea to let us know what you suspect and we will recommend what your next steps will be. Medical Sleep Study is the first step. Diagnosis is your best weapon.

Wilshire Smile Studio is your best defender in getting you answers and resolution.

We offer appliances that will help in opening your airway during the night. You need to get help as soon as possible to get you back into good physical health. Let us discuss this at your next appointment.

If you have any questions or need to make your appointment, please feel free to contact our office by telephone (323) 336-8478 or email us at smiles@dentistlosangeles.com

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