Sleep Disorder Breathing
If your snoring is out of control and you can’t get the quality sleep you need every night, it’s time to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing at South County Sleep Solutions in Newport Beach, California. Dental sleep medicine specialist Dr. Dana Rockey offers nonsurgical solutions to snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep-disordered breathing conditions. Dr. Rockey can help you improve your quality of life and reduce your risk factors for more serious health complications.
What is sleep-disordered breathing?
Sleep-disordered breathing describes several chronic conditions that cause you to stop breathing while you sleep. Common disorders that cause breathing difficulties while you’re asleep include snoring and sleep apnea.
These disorders cause you to stop breathing several times throughout the night, leaving you gasping for air and coughing as you wake up to start breathing again.
As a result of these frequent sleep disturbances, you can suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally due to a poor quality of sleep and sleep deprivation. Untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk for chronic health issues, such as heart disease and high blood pressure, and can even lead to premature death.
Symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing
Many people with sleep-disordered breathing issues aren’t even aware they have a condition until their partner or family members begin complaining about excessive and loud snoring.
You may also notice that you wake up frequently during the night and be short of breath, choking, or coughing. Other common symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing issues include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Frequent dry throat
As a result of your lack of quality sleep, you may also experience mood changes, forgetfulness, and difficulties staying on task at work or home.
Diagnosing sleep-disordered breathing
During your evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing, Dr. Rockey takes time to review your medical history, your existing health, and your usual routine. You should provide as much information as you can about your sleep habits, including how often you awaken during the night. He may ask family members to describe the frequency of your snoring.
To confirm a sleep-disordered breathing condition, Dr. Rockey may order a sleep test that records information about your activity while you sleep. This information includes the number of times you pause or stop breathing.
Treating sleep-disordered breathing conditions
The root cause of many sleep-disordered breathing conditions is an obstruction of the airways as your throat muscles relax in sleep. To keep the airway clear and the muscles out of the way, Dr. Rockey can recommend oral appliance therapy.
This type of therapy uses an oral appliance similar to a sports mouthguard that holds your jaw in a forward position and keeps the muscles in your throat from interfering with your ability to breathe.
The appliance is easy to wear and clean. Dr. Rockey takes necessary measurements of your mouth and teeth to ensure a comfortable fit.
If you can’t get good-quality sleep because of snoring, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing conditions by contacting South County Sleep Solutions today.
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