Sleep Apnea and Mouth Guards in Madera, CA
Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders, including sleep apnea and nighttime clenching and grinding that disrupt normal sleep patterns and cause grogginess and fatigue during the day.
Dr. Jason Keledjian provides the best treatment for sleep apnea for Madera patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and nighttime clenching and grinding. The goal is for you to get a restful night’s sleep and enjoy a better quality of life. Depending upon the extent of sleep apnea problems, we offer customized solutions to ensure our patients' comfort, safety, and well-being.
What Does Sleep Apnea Cause?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition characterized by an obstructed airway. Having sleep apnea can lead to or cause a number of problematic health conditions, such as:
- Heart failure
- Daytime drowsiness
Because OSA affects your alertness during the day, sleep apnea sufferers are also at higher risk for car accidents due to drowsiness from poor quality of sleep.
Snoring is also a common symptom of sleep apnea. While this is a symptom that seems like a minor nuisance, for many people, it can create relationship stress and sleepless nights for other family members.
Patients who are dealing with OSA want to know the answers to questions like, “What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?” and “What are the best ways to fix sleep apnea?”
At Keledjian Dental, your Madera dentist has the treatment you need.
Sleep Disorder and CPAP Treatment
Sleep disorder is a general term used for different conditions that interfere with sleep. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that doctors often treat with a constant positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.
A CPAP machine consists of an oxygen pump connected to a face mask that is attached to the patient’s face with straps. Typically, CPAP treatment is very effective for many sleep apnea sufferers.
However, some patients do not tolerate the CPAP machine well and seek a more comfortable alternative. If your sleep apnea is tested as mild or even moderate, you may qualify to use a sleep apnea appliance instead.
Oral Appliances (Nightguards) for Sleep Apnea and Bruxism
A sleep appliance is a modified upper and lower nightguard that helps to open your restricted airway. It fits inside of your mouth and is made of smooth plastic material. By holding your lower jaw slightly forward, the sleep apnea appliance promotes an open airway so that you can breathe better and can control your snoring more effectively.
Bruxism, or excessive clenching and grinding, is a common sleep problem and affects about twenty percent of Americans. Some people do not even know they suffer from bruxism unless a partner tells them that they grind their teeth in their sleep.
Common symptoms of excessive clenching and grinding include:
- Sore jaw muscles
- Cracked or worn teeth
- Neck and shoulder pain
Bruxism can damage your teeth, cause headaches, and disrupt normal sleep patterns. That is why we offer nightguards to our Madera patients as a solution to protect their teeth and help promote a good night’s sleep.
At Keledjian Dental, your nightguard will be custom made so that it comfortably fits over your teeth. When worn at night, it helps decrease the symptoms of bruxism for many of our patients.
Schedule a Sleep Apnea Exam with Us
If you are experiencing dental problems at night and think you may benefit from a sleep apnea device or a nightguard, call our Madera dental office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jason Keledjian. He will be able to offer solutions to the problems you are experiencing.
We look forward to helping you achieve a restful night’s sleep.