What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by breathing interruptions during sleep. It is generally caused by the continual collapse of the soft tissues of the throat that block your airway, making it difficult or impossible to take a breath. Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping or choking for air while you sleep
- Clouded or hazy memory
- Excessive drowsiness during the day
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Irritability and other changes in personality
- Decreased sex drive and impotence
- Fragmented, restless sleep
Dr. McDonald & Dr. Mallakis, our experienced dentists, are pleased to provide sleep apnea treatment in Escondido, California. Call us today at 760-747-1811!
View this informative video about obstructive sleep apnea
How is sleep apnea treated?
To help treat sleep apnea at Lifetime Smiles, we provide a special dental appliance to be worn during sleep. Generally a type of mouth guard, this dental appliance works by keeping the airway open during sleep, preventing obstructions and allowing you to breathe without interruption. You will only wear the oral appliance while you sleep; Dr. McDonald & Dr. Mallakis will ensure it fits your mouth comfortably so you can sleep peacefully.
View this informative video on sleep appliances for sleep apnea
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more about sleep apnea and our treatments. We look forward to helping you get the good night’s sleep you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!