Snoring? Waking up feeling groggy? No matter how you twist and turn, you can’t seem to get enough sleep? If you snore and ever feel sleepy during the day, even after sleeping for a sufficient number of hours, sleep apnea could be the culprit. Sleep apnea robs you of restful sleep, ruining your health and overall quality of life.
If you or your loved one suffers from sleep apnea, you don’t have to continue living a disoriented life. Instead, book an appointment with Meredith Levine, DDS, Inc. in Century City, California, for a simple, non-invasive treatment effective enough to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.
Obesity and excessive weight are the most common causes of sleep apnea in adults. Overweight patients have excessive tissue in the throat, which may block the airway when the muscles in the throat and tongue relax. Another common cause of sleep apnea is the size of your neck. Men and women with a neck circumference above 17 and 15 inches, respectively, are at high risk of sleep apnea.
Other factors that may trigger sleep apnea include:
In children, the prominent cause of sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and oral conditions like extreme overbites. Dr. Levine’s son is a prime example of this. Although rare, tumors in the airway and Down syndrome can cause sleep apnea.
Regardless of your age, sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your overall health. This condition causes cessation of breathing while sleeping, which denies your body the much-needed oxygen. This severe sleep condition puts you at risk of severe health complications, including stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.
The standard treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine which ensures a constant flow of air through your airway as you sleep. Unfortunately, many patients find CPAPs uncomfortable, noisy, and irritating; falling off the treatment, which puts their health in great danger.
If you can’t tolerate a CPAP device, Dr. Meredith Levine has a simple solution for you. We use a custom-made dental device to manage sleep apnea symptoms. This device snugly fits over your teeth, just like a mouthguard, but is designed to keep your lower jaw optimal, keeping your airway open while you sleep.