Fixing Sleep Apnea Can Improve Your Quality of Life

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If you or someone you love suffers from sleep apnea, you know how terrifying it can be when you stop breathing while you’re asleep. People who have sleep apnea experience a decrease in the amount of air they breathe into their lungs at night, and this causes them to wake up gasping for breath. This terrifying event can occur between 100 and 300 times per night in more severe cases.

Besides being terrifying and potentially life-threatening, people who have sleep apnea also spend their days being tired and sleep-deprived most of the time because they haven’t rested well and had a sound sleep.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Below are some of the typical symptoms of sleep apnea.

  • Loud chronic snoring
  • Gasping for air while asleep
  • Dry mouth upon waking up
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Daytime fatigue or drowsiness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Excessive night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Sexual dysfunction

Besides affecting nearly every area of your life, sleep apnea can be a dangerous disorder that can be life-threatening. While a CPAP machine is uncomfortable to use, oral appliances like a snore guard can be easy to work with for the right individual.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

There are a few ways to treat sleep apnea, including those listed here.

  • CPAP machine
  • Surgical procedures
  • Oral appliances that help the airway to remain open while you’re sleeping

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New Patients: (562) 501-3188 | Existing Patients: (562) 596-7484


At Volterra Dental serving residents in and around Los Alamitos, California, you can be fitted with oral appliances to address sleep apnea after you undergo a sleep test and receive a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Once the team knows what type of sleep apnea you have, as well as how severe your sleep apnea is, we can recommend custom oral appliances known as snore guards, which position your jaw so that your airway remains open while you sleep. Snore guards help prevent breathing pauses and can even relieve chronic snoring.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Los Alamitos, California

To learn more about treating sleep apnea, contact Dr. Richard Blackburn and the team at Volterra Dental in Los Alamitos, California, at (562) 501-3188 or online. We are here to address your concerns and answer your questions.

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