Sleep Apnea

Artistic Smiles

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Agoura Hills, CA

At least 22 million men and women are dealing with sleep apnea. Untreated, sleep apnea could cause hypertension, heart failure, stroke, and other very serious health problems. But know this: Sleep apnea is often easily managed with custom oral devices that reposition your jaw and improve your breathing. At Artistic Smiles, dentist John Abajian, DDS, can schedule your testing and then create a custom oral device to help you breathe free and get healthy again. Call the Agoura Hills, California, office or book your appointment online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition because repeated breathing interruptions make it difficult to get restful sleep. Sleep apnea sufferers may stop breathing as many as 400 times every night. 

Although you don't usually rouse fully during these times, these frequent episodes can cause serious health problems and could potentially be fatal if you don't get treatment. 

What causes sleep apnea?

In obstructive sleep apnea, by far the most common form of the disorder, the soft tissues at the back of your mouth essentially collapse while you're asleep. This inhibits airflow, and you respond by startling awake. 

As soon as you fall asleep again, the cycle can repeat. Many different factors may cause or contribute to the development of sleep apnea, including unique structural factors like large tonsils and risk factors like obesity. 

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea symptoms can include:

  • Headaches when you wake up
  • Snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Mood swings
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Memory lapses
  • Difficulty concentrating

If undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea sufferers are also more likely to develop heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, glaucoma, stroke, and hypertension.

What if I think I have sleep apnea?

If you suspect sleep apnea, the first step is a consultation with Dr. Abajian at Artistic Smiles. He can evaluate your symptoms and perform an oral exam to check for potential teeth damage related to sleep apnea. 

Many sleep apnea sufferers grind their teeth, which leaves significant signs of wear. It’s also common for sleep apnea sufferers to have cavities related to breathing through the mouth. 

After your evaluation, Dr. Abajian can schedule sleep apnea testing for you. Following diagnosis, he can create a customized oral device to treat your sleep apnea. 

Oral devices, which you wear only while sleeping, fit your mouth similarly to retainers. But oral devices work uniquely: They painlessly move your jaw slightly forward, which prevents the tissue collapse that stops your breathing. 

If you wear your sleep apnea device consistently every night, you can breathe freely through the night and avoid the potentially serious effects of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. 

Do you suspect you have sleep apnea? Call Artistic Smiles or book your evaluation online and get the help you need.