Sleep Apnea

Mark Simon, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Mark Simon, DDS

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Torrance, CA

Sleep apnea affects the sleep of an estimated 22 million Americans and their partners. While many people don’t realize that the condition can be treated effectively by a dentist, Mark Simon, DDS, offers sleep apnea treatment by creating mouthguards that allow you to breathe comfortably at night. At his South Bay office in Torrance, California, Dr. Simon and his team can help restore your sleep and reduce the risk of health complications. To learn more about dental treatments for sleep apnea, call Dr. Simon’s office or schedule an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by difficulty breathing at night while you sleep. Because of this, your brain and body may not get enough oxygen at night.

When you can’t breathe, your brain wakes you up, at least partially, to signal your body to start breathing again. People with sleep apnea are often tired and irritable for this reason.

There are two main types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage in your airway. Your tongue or the tissues of your throat may rest against each other when you lay down, impairing your breathing as you sleep.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t tell your muscles to breathe as you sleep. There is no structural cause, but the respiratory part of your brain isn’t working properly.

What are the risks of sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a myriad of much more severe health problems, both from the lack of sleep that it causes and your labored breathing. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Traffic accidents (falling asleep at the wheel)
  • Obesity

Additionally, sleep apnea is associated with depression, anxiety, and Type 2 diabetes. Getting treatment for your sleep apnea could mean treating these conditions if you already have them, or taking proactive steps to prevent them from occurring.

How can sleep apnea be treated by a dentist?

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea or if you’ve already been diagnosed, Dr. Simon can help manage it so you can sleep quietly, comfortably, and thoroughly. First, he examines the inside of your mouth, then uses the results of the examination to create a customized mouthguard for you to use at night that opens your airway if your sleep apnea is obstructive.

The night guard looks a lot like a mouthguard used in sports and fits comfortably in your mouth so it doesn’t impede your ability to fall asleep. Once you’ve tried the device, you may need to come back for a follow-up visit with Dr. Simon so he can make any adjustments to the mouthguard if needed.

If you have sleep apnea and are exploring your options for a more comfortable night’s sleep, call Mark Simon, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about dental treatments for your condition.