September 29, 2016
People with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, get relief with custom-fabricated acrylic mouthpieces from James Block DDS. Persistent and loud snoring, pauses in breathing and serious systemic side effects subside with sleep apnea treatment in Fremont.
What is Sleep Apnea, and Who Gets It?
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine says millions of Americans of all ages suffer from a chronic condition called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. OSA occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat restrict the free flow of oxygen through the airway, causing individuals to stop breathing numerous times during a night’s rest.
Men seem more prone to OSA, but it happens to women and to children as well. Other predisposing factors include:
- Being over 40, and particularly, over age 60
- Being overweight
- Large neck circumference (over 17 inches for men and 16 inches for women)
- Enlarged tonsils or tongue
- Deviated nasal septum
- Small nasal passages or throat
- Acid reflux disease
- Allergies and sinus problems
A less common, and more serious, form of sleep apnea is Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, where the respiratory system and the brain do not communicate properly to allow continuous breathing. CSA requires diagnosis by a physician who specializes in sleep disorders.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
People who suspect they have sleep apnea should see a specialist for accurate assessment of their problems. OSA patients can seek excellent sleep apnea therapy at the offices of James Block DDS. Dr. Block employs a custom-fabricated mouthpiece to reposition the jaw and oral tissues while the patient sleeps at night. It relieves the symptoms of:
- periodic cessation of breathing
- loud and persistent snoring
- startled waking
- daytime fatigue and sleepiness after a full night of rest
- chest pain
Even more harmful side effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include high blood pressure, stroke, decreased libido, strained interpersonal relationships, depression, mood swings and poor concentration and memory. With treatment symptoms can subside. So, it’s not just about snoring!
Sleep physicians frequently prescribe use of CPAP machines. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Via a face mask which fits over both nose and mouth, the CPAP machine forces a stream of oxygen through the patient’s airway, essentially pushing the soft tissues open so the patient keeps breathing. Unfortunately, these machines can be noisy and the masks, uncomfortable or causing claustrophobia or panic attacks. OSA patients may find relief through custom-made mouthpieces from James Block Dentistry.
Customized Oral Appliances
Dr. Block will custom-fit a comfortable and durable acrylic mouthguard to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea as diagnosed by a physician. The patient wears the appliance each time he or she sleeps. They shift tongue and lower jaw to more forward positions, helping free passage of air. Patients report easy adjustment to oral appliance therapy. They snore less, sleep better and feel and function better during waking hours.
Contact Dr. Block
James Block DDS is trained in many dental specialties, including neuromuscular and other areas related to how teeth, gums and soft tissues work in harmony. Let him help you with your OSA. Contact the office staff at James Block Dentistry for a personal consultation.
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