Treat Your Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Living with sleep apnea can take a major toll on your personal life, affect your overall health, and even damage your relationship. Our Pasadena team doesn’t want you to neglect treatment for your sleep apnea or snoring. Learn all about sleep apnea, what the symptoms are, and our effective treatments here at the Smile Agency.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can develop in both adults and children. There are three different types of sleep apnea, but the most common form is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is caused by a blocked airway in your throat while you’re sleeping which then cuts airflow to the lungs.
People will wake up periodically throughout the night due to their body’s need for oxygen. When a sleep apnea episode is occurring, the brain will briefly jolt the person awake in order to restore proper airflow, but many of the times, they won’t remember waking up. This interference affects a person’s ability to sleep properly and results in restless nights and daytime fatigue.
Symptoms & Your Health
Diagnosing sleep apnea can be difficult due to a lack of awareness. Symptoms of this sleep disorder such as heavy snoring, daytime fatigue, and morning headaches can be mistaken for other health related issues and result in a delayed or mistreated treatment.
Paying close attention to the state of your body and your sleeping habits can make a significant difference and help guide you towards proper treatment your body needs. If left untreated, sleep apnea has been found to be closely related to heart failure, diabetes, and depression.
Your journey towards a better night’s sleep starts with finding a comfortable and successful treatment. At The Smile Agency, Dr. Guinn uses an oral appliance to treat patients with sleep apnea. This customized, easy-to-use mouthguard is favored over CPAP by many patients because it’s less invasive and silent.
Additionally, we recommend simple lifestyle changes to help alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms, as well as positional therapy or throat exercises. Learn more about our personalized care provided to you for your sleep condition by Dr. Guinn and our team.
Generally known as the first sign of sleep apnea, snoring affects nearly 37 million Americans regularly and many are unaware of the relation between the sleep disorder and common nuisance. Discovering if your snoring is more than just a simple loud noise is important to your health and the wellbeing of your significant other.
Snoring can be a major interference to your partner’s sleep, but it can also be the main reason you’re feeling drowsy and unmotivated the next day. In order to help find out if you’re just someone who snores in their sleep or are suffering from sleep apnea, a sleep study is the best method to identify the problem.
Dr. Guinn can help recommend sleep physicians to you in Pasadena and surrounding areas so you can receive proper treatment. Once you are diagnosed, we can help alleviate your snoring with one of our effective snoring mouthpieces.
The Smile Agency
At The Smile Agency, we’re dedicated to treating and educating our valued patients about sleep apnea and their snoring. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and causes of sleep apnea will not only help you identify the sleep disorder but will also allow you to get the treatment you need for a healthier life. Dr. Guinn and her staff are here to assist you and walk you through the process, ensuring your needs are being met along the way. Visit us today to get started!