Sleep apnea is a condition that is marked by multiple pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause can last just a few seconds to more than a minute. They can occur several times a night to more than 30 times an hour. Breathing often begins again with a loud snort or snore, which you may not even notice. Sleep apnea is chronic and can seriously disrupt your sleep. If you have sleep apnea, our Hawthorne sleep apnea expert can help.
A major cause of daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can cause widespread symptoms. While the most recognizable symptom is loud snoring, you may suffer from other symptoms as well, including:
• Daytime drowsiness
• Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
• Morning headaches
Our expert in sleep apnea in Hawthorne can help you get an accurate diagnosis and the treatment you need for a better night’s sleep. At your appointment, we may take a medical history, a family history and ask about your symptoms. This helps us better understand your needs and potential risks. A sleep study may be recommended as well to identify the patterns in your breathing and the severity of the condition.
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Left untreated, sleep apnea can trigger serious health problems. The interruptions in your breathing lead to drops in your blood oxygen levels and increased strain on your cardiovascular system. Your brain briefly rouses you just long enough to restart your breathing. This means that you are not getting enough sleep, and you may be more prone to cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Our Hawthorne sleep apnea expert offers sleep apnea treatments that can help you sleep properly all night long.
If you have sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for a sleep apnea mouth guard. Our expert in sleep apnea in Hawthorne can fit you for your appliance right in our office. You will wear this custom-fit guard every night, and it will help stabilize the soft tissues to prevent them from obstructing your airways. Give us a call today to find out more about sleep apnea and available treatments or to schedule your consultation with our Hawthorne dentist.