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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in your throat repeatedly collapse for 10 seconds or more closing your airway while you are sleeping. This can happen just a few to over a hundred times in a single hour. Your brain instantly senses a drop in your blood oxygen level and responds by sending a message to your heart to start pumping more and harder. This is both startling and stressful often waking you suddenly to breathe. Most people are not even aware of this unless they wake gasping for air. Some people feel their anxiety at that moment. Sleep apnea may start as early as infancy, and when undiagnosed and untreated can lead to the following well documented problems including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Accidents (especially vehicular)
  • Early death

What should you look for to determine if you might have
sleep apnea.

  • Heavy snoring
  • Keep your sleep partner awake
  • Wake with slight headache
  • Morning anxiety
  • Kick and jerk your legs during sleep
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux)
  • Depression
  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Over weight
  • Large neck
  • Large tongue
  • Male over 40
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Female post-menopausal
  • Frequent urination during the night
  • Fall asleep while driving, watching TV or at meetings
  • Grind your teeth
  • Mouth breather

Let’s get started

During your free sleep apnea screening and consultation at our dental office, Dr. Olah will make recommendations based on her clinical findings and your input.

 Initial Consultation

Once you decide that testing is your next step to determine if you do have a sleep disorder you will have two choices. You can attend a sleep lab over night at the Beverly Hills Sleep Center or you can have a portable sleep test sent to your home. The home test comes with very clear instructions and is very easy to set up and send back.

Type of Sleep Apnea

Your sleep test results must be read by a physician who actually diagnoses your condition. You may learn that you have mild, moderate or severe sleep apnea. Your test results may reveal that you are fine or unveil other sleep disorders.

Type of Treatment

The physician recommends treatment depending on the severity of your sleep disorder. From easy life style changes to sleep aides. Usually a CPap is recommended for severe sleep apnea, The CPap is considered the gold standard of treatment. However, if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea the physician may also talk to you about an oral appliance. If this is to your liking you can see Dr. Olah to have a custom appliance made for you.

What are you waiting for?

People with severe sleep apnea are four times more likely to die if left untreated.

Every night that you put off the Doctor or Dentist’s recommendation,
you may be getting closer to a heart attack or stroke.

Sleep Apnea in Los Angeles


Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep is important for restoration. Sleep is like fuel. Sleep improves your immune system. It replenishes your energy. It gives your cardio vascular system a rest. It improves the function of your thyroid. It contributes to your ability to discharge your emotions safely. Sleep helps increase all your metabolic activity and improves your overall quality of life.

A study by the American Association of Sleep Medicine found that patients untreated for moderate to severe sleep apnea had a decrease life expectancy of 8-11 years as opposed to patients that were treated for the same condition.Harvard Medical, May 2011

Sleep Apnea Patients

Just because you snore, doesn’t necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. However, statistics show that 50% of snorers do have obstructive sleep apnea while 90% of loud snorers have obstructive sleep apnea.  Here are other specific symptoms to look for:

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry mouth/throat in the morning
  • Mood, memory or learning problems
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Waking up with shortness of breath
  • Daytime fatigue and drowsiness

People with severe sleep apnea are four times more likely to die if left untreated.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I have a CPap Machine that I stopped using.  Is your treatment an effective replacement?
Yes, it sounds like you’re one of the 60-70% of patients who have abandoned your Cpap machine.   The oral appliances we offer may be just what you need.

Is my partner’s chronic loud snoring something I should be concerned about?
Yes, chronic loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  The louder and more chronic the snoring is, the greater the likelihood of OSA.

Why does my partner have more trouble with snoring and breathing after consuming alcohol or sleeping on his back?
Drinking alcohol, or taking muscle relaxants, (and many other medications), can cause more muscle relaxation of the tongue and other tissues in the throat to relax easily closing off the airway. You may find that people who snore are often worse sleeping on their backs because it encourages the lower jaw to fall back and the tongue to close off the airway. This causes increased snoring and pauses in breathing. You may notice improvements in sleeping in a semi-reclined position. Sleeping on the side or stomach can also enable better breathing and minimize snoring.

Why do I wake up exhausted even though I get 8-10 hours sleep each night?
If you have sleep apnea, you can wake up to 50 times or more per hour during the night. This is equivalent to waking up almost every minute. The awakenings are called micro-arousals and can be from 1-3 seconds long, and you have no memory of them. The micro-arousals allow enough waking to restore muscle tone to your upper airway so you can breathe. Unfortunately all those awakenings prevent you from reaching the deeper and more restful sleep.  It doesn’t matter how many hours you are in bed, if you are not getting the kind of sleep you need.

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