Sleep Apnea

Charles Park, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Orange Dream Dental

Charles Park, DDS

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Orange, CA & Santa Ana, CA

Nearly 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a troublesome condition that makes getting a good night’s rest nearly impossible. At Orange Dream Dental in Orange, California, Charles Park, DDS, regularly diagnoses and treats sleep apnea. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect your ability to function at work, school, or social gatherings. To find out more about sleep apnea and treatment options, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects your breathing at night. Sufferers have their breathing stop and start repeatedly while they sleep. This can limit your ability to sleep well and get enough rest.

 

The most common cause of sleep apnea is the relaxing of muscles in the back of your throat. This is called obstructive sleep apnea. When these muscles relax, your airway narrows as you breathe in, making it difficult for you to get enough oxygen.

 

Central sleep apnea, a less common form of the disorder, occurs when your brain doesn’t send the proper signals to your breathing muscles while you sleep.

 

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea:

 

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air or choking during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Trouble paying attention while awake
  • Irritability

 

Since signs and symptoms of sleep apnea typically occur while you sleep at night, they can be difficult to look out for. The best way to detect sleep apnea during the daytime is to pay close attention to symptoms, such as having difficulty concentrating or being tired during the daytime. The best way to detect sleep apnea at night is to ask your sleeping partner to point out anything that might be out of the ordinary.

Who gets sleep apnea?

There are a variety of risk factors that may increase your chances of developing sleep apnea, including:

 

  • Family history
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Obesity
  • Nasal congestion
  • Heart disorders
  • Stroke

 

If you’re at risk, it’s very important that you pay close attention to any signs or symptoms of sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

The first step in treating sleep apnea is diagnosing it. At Orange Dream Dental, Dr. Park first evaluates you and discusses your symptoms with you. After administering home sleep tests or referring you to a sleep specialist, he can treat you.

 

Typically, Dr. Park treats sleep apnea with specially designed oral appliances that reposition your jaw and open your throat more during sleep. These appliances are especially effective against obstructive sleep apnea.

 

After fitting you with an oral appliance for sleep apnea, Dr. Park remains invested in your care and maintains regular follow-ups to monitor your progress and ensure you’re getting the relief you need.

To learn more about sleep apnea and treatment options, call Orange Dream Dental or use the online booking tool today.