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Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you may experience pauses in breathing while you sleep; once your brain registers elevated levels of carbon dioxide, you wake up and breathe normally. As a result, your and the rest of your body may not be getting enough oxygen overnight.
People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep – sometimes hundreds of times. You may wake up choking and gasping for air during the night, leaving you tired from a less restful sleep cycle. As a result, you may be unfocused during the day, feeling agitated, irritable, and likely to fall asleep during routine activities like reading or watching TV.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors include age, weight, family history, or allergies and sinus problems. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be living with the pain of a CPAP machine. The noise of the machine often keeps you awake, as well as anyone else in the room trying to sleep.
Aside from the noise, using a CPAP machine means you are restricted to sleeping within a close range of the noisy machine with an uncomfortable mask over your face. For many patients suffering from sleep apnea, this is simply not a workable solution! Sleep apnea may also be caused by your dental health. The Alborzi Orthodontics team will partner with you to discover and treat the underlying reasons for your sleep apnea.
Alborzi Orthodontics of San Mateo and Half Moon Bay, CA, offers solutions for sleep apnea – and for avoiding CPAP machines that are loud and uncomfortable. Dr. Alborzi offers airway-friendly orthodontics, like a mouthguard you wear while you sleep. The mouthguard is custom-fitted to your mouth designed to keep your airway open. It is comfortable, gives you a full range of motion while sleeping, and it also prevents snoring! Schedule your exam with Alborzi Orthodontics today to find out if you are a candidate for our sleep apnea treatment.