Help with Sleep Apnea Disorder & Sleep Apnea Treatment- San Ramon Dental Excellence

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is thought to affect at least 1.5 million adults in the UK. You may be one of those affected or you may be the partner of someone with OSA
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SAN RAMON, Calif. - Jan. 23, 2020 - PRLog -- Sleep apnea can include trouble falling asleep, trouble maintaining sleep, snoring, waking up in the night and catching your breath in your sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs because the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite the person's efforts to breathe. It can cause disrupted sleep, and low blood oxygen levels. This combination can lead to mood and memory problems, and possible hypertension and even heart disease.

If you think you or your partner may have sleep apnea, what can you do? The first thing San Ramon Dental Excellence in San Ramon, California (https://sanramondentalexcellence.com/) would suggest is to complete a screening test.

The Epworth Sleep Apnea Screening Test (https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-osa/diagnosis/epworth-sleepiness-scale) was introduced by Dr. Murray Johns (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epworth_Sleepiness_Scale) in 1991 and has been validated and in use in obstructive sleep apnea treatment ever since. It is a simple and accurate way to screen yourself for the disorder.
If the results of your screening test were 10 or higher on the Epworth Sleep Apnea Scale, you should make an appointment with your doctor.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

CPAP - the most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. It is a continuous positive-pressure mask that sits over your mouth and nose whilst you sleep. This treatment is highly effective. However, many patients find it a bit invasive and uncomfortable.

Alternatives are oral appliances, called MADs (Mandibular Advancing Devices) or MRD (Mandibular Repositioning Device).

Mandibular Advancement Device – this is the most widely used mouth device for sleep apnea. It looks much like the mouth guards used for contact sports. The devices fit over the upper and lower dental arches. The metal hinges ease the lower jaw and tongue forward slightly and create more space for breathing.

MRD – Mandibular Repositioning Device – is a mouth guard made by your dentist that can hold your bottom jaw forward whilst you sleep. The design has small triangle-shaped wings, which keep the jaw in place. You can talk, drink and breathe as normal whilst wearing the device. The wings help keep the airways open and free from obstruction, which in turn helps with sleep apnea.

If you or your partner suffer from sleep apnea or snoring issues and you would like to discuss treatments from a knowledgeable and professional dental practice, please contact San Ramon Dental Excellence on the details below:- Or you can visit their Facebook page by clicking here. (https://www.facebook.com/sanramondentalexcellence)

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