Sleep Apnea Specialist

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The Kargodorian Smile Design Institute

Dentist located in Porter Ranch, CA

Sleep apnea disrupts the sleep of an estimated 22 million Americans and many of their partners. It doesn’t just leave you groggy and feeling sleep-deprived; if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to severe conditions such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and chronic heart failure. At The Kargodorian Smile Design Institute in Porter Ranch, California, Vram Kargodorian, DDS, offers several treatments to have you sleeping comfortably again. Call or schedule a consultation online to find out about dental devices and other sleep apnea treatment methods.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by troubled breathing at night. There are three different types of sleep apnea, each with its own physiological cause. The condition can become dangerous if left untreated, so it’s important to understand the cause of your sleep apnea in order to achieve the best results.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, is caused by a blocked airway. It occurs when the muscles in your throat relax against each other as you lie down to sleep.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain neglects to send proper signals telling your body to breathe.

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea has the combined causes of central and obstructive sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms?

Sleep apnea comes with a variety of symptoms beyond the loud snoring that it’s known for. Obstructive, central, and complex sleep apnea have the same symptoms, so you likely won’t be able to tell which type you have without an examination and diagnosis from Dr. Kargodorian. Symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air or choking
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Insomnia (trouble falling asleep)
  • Hypersomnia (sleepiness during the day)
  • Paused breathing during sleep

You may be unaware of your symptoms as you sleep unless someone reports them to you. During your appointment, you should report everything that you’re aware of to Dr. Kargodorian. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in severe conditions such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, or chronic heart failure.

How is sleep apnea treated?

There are several treatment options for sleep apnea that can allow you to sleep peacefully again. After assessing your medical history and symptoms, Dr. Kargodorian will develop a plan for treatment. Options include:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices
  • Similar airway pressure devices
  • Oral appliances to keep your throat open
  • Tissue removal surgery
  • Implants
  • Jaw repositioning surgery
  • Weight loss
  • Changing your sleeping position
  • Avoiding sleeping pills and sedatives

Several remedies are at-home solutions that may relieve your symptoms. The most effective treatments for sleep apnea are using a CPAP machine or oral appliance, or having one of several available surgeries. Talk to Dr. Kargodorian about your preferences and budget when discussing your treatment.

If snoring is affecting your sleep or a loved one’s, it’s time to explore the possibility of a sleep apnea diagnosis and the treatments that are available. Call or schedule an appointment online at The Kargodorian Smile Design Institute in Porter Ranch, California, to avoid worsening of symptoms and achieve a better night’s sleep.