Sleep Apnea

Esthetic Smiles

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Oxnard, CA

Does loud snoring keep you or a loved one awake at night? A serious disorder called sleep apnea may be the culprit. John Abajian, DDS, provides sleep apnea consultations and treatment at Esthetic Smiles in Oxnard, California. To improve your overall health and quality of life with sleep apnea treatment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. There are two main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. This condition occurs when your airway becomes obstructed and blocks airflow while you sleep, usually due to a collapse of the soft tissues at the back of your throat.

Central sleep apnea

This condition is the result of a problem with the way your brain controls breathing during sleep rather than an airway blockage. Central sleep apnea may be due to another condition, such as heart failure or stroke.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Loud and frequent snoring is a common warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Another member of your family may inform you that your snoring often keeps them from getting a good night’s sleep. Sometimes, they may notice that you stop breathing and then start again while you sleep.

Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • Feeling like you didn’t get a good night’s sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Personality changes and irritability due to lack of sleep

If you experience these symptoms and think you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Abajian and the team at Esthetic Smiles recommend you see a sleep specialist for an accurate diagnosis. They can schedule testing for you during your sleep apnea consultation.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Sleep apnea treatment depends on the type and severity of your condition. At Esthetic Smiles, Dr. Abajian treats mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea with simple oral devices. 

He creates an appliance that fits over your teeth and keeps your airway open while you sleep. The device can prevent your tongue from falling back into your throat or hold your jaw in a position that maintains an open airway during sleep.

More severe cases of sleep apnea may require treatment from a sleep specialist, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device or surgery. 

To learn more about oral appliance treatments for sleep apnea, call Esthetic Smiles, or schedule an appointment online today.