Sleep Apnea

Northridge Dental Group

General Dentistry & Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Northridge, CA

Many people aren’t aware that their dentist should be their first stop in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Farshid Ariz, DMD, at Northridge Dental Group is highly skilled in doing just that. About 1 in 12 Americans suffer from sleep apnea, so it might be time for you to book that dental appointment. Get on the path to a better night’s rest today by scheduling an appointment at the offices in Northridge, California. You can call the office or book your visit online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that interferes with your body’s ability to properly take in oxygen while you sleep. When you have sleep apnea, your upper airway is obstructed on and off throughout the night, which causes you to stop breathing for extended periods of time.

These episodes of breathlessness can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and can happen up to hundreds of times every night. Sleep apnea prevents the brain and body from getting oxygen and can put you at risk of total respiratory failure.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a number of critical health conditions like:

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Heart failure and irregular heartbeats
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Sleep apnea also generally prevents you from getting a good night’s rest, which affects the quality of your life in more immediate ways like increased irritability, fatigue, and drowsiness throughout the day.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, you could experience any of the following:

  • Loud snoring while you sleep
  • Forgetfulness, drowsiness, and mood changes
  • Headaches when you wake up
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Lack of energy throughout the day
  • Waking up from sleep gasping or choking
  • Insomnia or irregular sleep
  • A dry or sore throat when you wake up

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book a visit with Dr. Ariz at Northridge Dental Group. He can do a more thorough evaluation to determine if sleep apnea might be causing your problem.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

One of the more common treatments of sleep apnea is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. These devices keep your airway open and deliver a steady stream of oxygen to your system through a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth while you sleep.

While CPAP devices are an effective and reliable treatment of sleep apnea, they can be invasive, uncomfortable, and burdensome, leading many patients to seek other treatments.

Dr. Ariz specializes in treating sleep apnea with some of these other treatments, like a custom-fitted oral appliance. These are mouthguards that are specially designed to fit comfortably in your mouth while pushing your lower jaw forward.

This positioning helps to open up space in your airway and keep up a consistent and unobstructed flow of oxygen while you sleep, effectively treating your sleep apnea without the hassle of a CPAP machine.

Don’t go through another night of bad sleep. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Ariz at Northridge Dental Group and get the good night’s rest you deserve. You can book your visit by calling the offices or making an appointment online.