Sleep apnea is most commonly recognized by the pauses in breathing it causes during sleep. A person who suffers from sleep apnea could cease breathing hundreds of times every night, causing fatigue, high blood pressure, and ultimately heart disease. There are different factors that could cause you to have sleep apnea, and there are different severities of which you can suffer from. Our sleep apnea dentist will be able to give you a thorough diagnosis and the best treatment option for your needs.
More extreme cases of sleep apnea may call for a mouthpiece of CPAP. But sometimes, people only need to make certain lifestyle changes in order to reduce their symptoms. These changes include:
1) Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills. These can make it harder for your throat to stay open while you sleep.
2) Losing weight if you are obese. Nothing drastic needs to be done. Even a little weight loss can drastically curb your symptoms.
3) Sleeping on your side instead of your back. This can help keep your throat open. You can even get special pillows or shirts to keep you off your back.
4) Quitting smoking. Talk to our Northridge sleep apnea dentist if you need help to quit smoking.