Patients who are overweight or obese are at a greater risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea than their counterparts. Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing for a minute or more several, or even hundreds, of times every night. The excessive strain placed on the cardiovascular system can ultimately lead to heart attack and stroke, so prompt treatment in one of our Los Angeles sleep apnea centers is necessary to avoid future complications.
There are a variety of treatment options available. A mouthpiece can help reposition your lower jaw and tongue. A CPAP machine can push air through your airways to keep them open at night. Surgery is also an option for extreme cases. But many patients find relief by simply making certain lifestyle changes. And if you are overweight and suffer from sleep apnea, you can significantly reduce your symptoms by losing weight.
Sleep apnea is sometimes caused by soft tissues in the mouth or throat obstructing the flow of air, so by losing weight and reducing the size of those tissues, many patients find relief. In order to see if you require any treatment beyond losing weight, contact our office today.