Do you find yourself nodding off at work because you’ve had a bad night’s sleep? Are you always tired during the day because someone in your home was snoring all night long and kept you awake? Do you find you’re having memory problems, depression or high blood pressure? All of these things could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. And although there are devices you can get from your doctor, like a CPAP machine with a big mask you wear when you sleep, you may not know that you can get a Covina sleep apnea dental appliance from Dr. Ismail Elsherif at Cypress Dental.
If you’re not familiar with sleep apnea, it’s basically when you involuntarily stop breathing in your sleep. Believe it or not, sleep apnea is just as common as type II diabetes, and it affects more than 17 million people in the United States alone. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive, which is caused by something blocking your airway. Most of the time it’s your tongue that blocks your airway, so preventing the tongue from getting in the way is what a Covina sleep apnea dental appliance is for. They’re non-invasive, and basically reposition your tongue and your uvula (that little piece that hangs down in the middle of your mouth) so that there’s nothing to get in the way of your air pathway.
There are also mandibular repositioning oral appliances that make sure your jaw stays in place while you sleep. By holding your lower jaw forward while you sleep, your airway is kept clear so you can breathe without any obstruction. Helping you choose the right Covina sleep apnea dental appliance is what Dr. Elsherif can do for you. So if you think you may have sleep apnea and you’d like to talk with someone who has the experience to take care of it for you, call 626-331-8041 and make an appointment at Cypress Dental today.