Sleep Apnea

Dana Niguel Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Prosthodontists located in Dana Point, CA

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, John Rezaei, DMD, provides exceptional sleep apnea treatments for his patients at Dana Niguel Dental in Dana Point, California. To learn more about how Dr. Rezaei can help you get the good night’s rest you need, schedule a visit today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that interrupts your ability to properly breathe while you’re sleeping. Most cases of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which a blockage in the back of your throat partially or totally obstructs your airway, preventing oxygen from getting in. This obstruction can happen for a number of reasons, including loose throat muscles that relax too much or a tongue that’s too large for your jaw. 

What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?

In order to get officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, you have to undergo a sleep study at a specialized clinic. Some of the symptoms that indicate you might need to get a sleep study include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Restless sleep or insomnia
  • Lack of energy throughout the day

If you’re experiencing any of these conditions, call the offices at Dana Niguel Dental for a referral to a sleep clinic.

What are the consequences of untreated sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that’s detrimental to your overall health. It deprives your body of essential oxygen throughout the night, which can have severe consequences, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased performance and higher likelihood of automobile and work accidents
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems

Thankfully, there are many treatment methods available to those who suffer from sleep apnea. 

What sleep apnea treatments do you offer?

If you’ve undergone a sleep study and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Rezaei can help by fitting you with a special mouth guard.

Mouth guards for sleep apnea, or mandibular advancement devices (MADs), are similar to a retainer in that they’re designed to fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth. The difference between a retainer and a MAD, however, is that a MAD is designed to gently push your lower jaw forward while you’re wearing the device. By slightly repositioning your jaw, the mouth guard opens up more space in the back of your throat, clearing your obstruction and reducing your sleep apnea symptoms. 

Mouth guards are a popular sleep apnea treatment for those who are resistant to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends them for patients who are CPAP-intolerant.

Get on the road to a good night’s rest today and schedule a sleep apnea appointment with Dana Niguel Dental by calling the office or booking online.