Sleep Apnea Glendale
Snoring can be a warning sign that normal breathing is not taking place during sleep. The tongue plays a major role in snoring because it has a tendency to relapse (fallback) into the airway when sleeping. While there are many conditions that can lead to snoring, one of the most serious is a disorder called “sleep apnea”. For millions of people across the country, the ability to maintain regular breathing during sleep is impossible. As a result, they do not receive oxygen their body needs to rejuvenate from proper, restful sleep and if the condition is left untreated it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Our office performs a comprehensive head and neck evaluation, extensive health and dental history, screening exam and diagnostic tests, as well as overnight sleep screening. When indicated, we refer severe conditions to a sleep specialist for a medical assessment and sleep study.
During sleep, the throat muscles relax. When air passes try to pass through them, the throat vibrates, this is snoring. Sleep apnea is among the primary causes of snoring. Having enlarged tonsils can also make the airway more narrow and vibrations to increase.
Using oral appliances or snore guards can help deliver air to your lungs and prevent the vibrating motions that cause snoring. These appliances are comfortable to wear and can be effective for a whole night. The CPAP machine ensures a constant movement of air into your lungs so you can enjoy a restful night of sleep without disturbing your partner.
Treatments may include Oral Appliance Therapy, which has been recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the National Institutes.