Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. It is characterized by pauses and interruptions in the breathing, and in more severe cases can seriously damage your health. Our dentists at Mid-Valley Dental Care offer sleep apnea treatment to help you rest better at night and improve your overall wellbeing. For more information on our treatment options for sleep apnea in Northridge, California, and to make your appointment with Drs. Terence Lau and Casey Lau, we invite you to call us today at (818) 886-3500.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes a patient’s breathing to pause periodically throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs as a result of the tongue falling to the back of the mouth or soft tissues blocking the airway. You may realize you have sleep apnea after your partner or a family member points out that you snore, stop breathing, or gasp for breath in your sleep. However, many patients are living with sleep apnea and do not even realize it.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Drowsiness during the days
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Mood and personality changes
Untreated sleep apnea can result in a variety of health problems, including heart disease, liver problems, high blood pressure, and oral cancer. We encourage you to visit Mid-Valley Dental Care for a sleep diagnosis if you suspect you may have sleep apnea. You may be at an increased risk for sleep apnea if you smoke, consume alcohol, or are overweight.
Dr. Terence Lau and Dr. Casey Lau are two highly experienced and skilled dentists who treat patients with sleep apnea. Your treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. If you suffer from mild sleep apnea, we may provide a custom-made oral appliance that is fitted over the teeth to keep your airways open. This appliance holds the jaws in proper position to prevent the tongue or soft tissues from blocking your airways.
What should I bring to my appointment?
We recommend that you bring a list of your symptoms and any unhealthy sleep habits that you or your partner have noticed. If you are visiting us for the first time, please bring your insurance information as well.
If you are interested in learning more about sleep apnea, contact our office today to speak with our team.