Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Its Symptoms and Treatments

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The most well-known and best understood type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. This is caused when the airway is being physically blocked, either partially or fully, during sleep. Here is some basic information about its symptoms and treatments, which our Thousand Oaks sleep apnea dentist can help sort out for you.

Symptoms

The symptoms of this common sleep problem can be easily identified by two main things: regular and consistent snoring, and pauses in breathing. While these things are easy for another person that is awake to observe, it can be very difficult to catch these things by oneself or by a bed-mate that is a sound sleeper. Additional symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, mood swings, high blood pressure, insomnia, dry mouth, and more.

Treatments

Treatment options begin with lifestyle. Changes include losing weight, exercising regularly, drinking alcohol moderately and not before bedtime, quitting smoking, and not sleeping on your back. After those suggestions, an oral sleep apnea appliance is the next conservative solution, which can be done by our expert in obstructive sleep apnea in Thousand Oaks. These devices help reposition the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open and are ideal for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

More aggressive and invasive treatment options are also available, including a CPAP machine, medication, and surgery.