Sleep Apnea Specialist

Silva A. Arejian, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Advanced Multi-Specialty Dentistry located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Sleep apnea is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders and poses a severe threat to the well-being of over 100 million people worldwide. Highly skilled dentist, Silva A. Arejian, DDS, can help treat your sleep apnea and help you get the good night’s rest your body needs with an oral appliance. Schedule a visit with Dr. Arejian at her state-of-the-art office in the Downtown neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. You can make your appointment over the phone or book online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common and chronic sleep disorder that impedes your ability to breathe for extended periods of time while you’re sleeping. These periods of breathlessness can occur up to hundreds of times throughout the night and can last for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

The most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), happens as a result of the soft tissues in the back of your throat collapsing in on themselves when they’re in a state of rest. The collapsed tissues block your airway and prevent your body from getting the oxygen it needs.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

It might be difficult for you to self-diagnose your sleep apnea since it occurs while you’re asleep, but some of the signs you might notice include:

  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Having a dry or sore throat when you wake up
  • General fatigue throughout the day
  • Insomnia

If you sleep with a partner, they might be able to notice some common symptoms of sleep apnea, namely loud snoring and interrupted breathing.

What are the effects of sleep apnea?

If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a broad array of serious health problems, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeats 

If you have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep apnea can also make your symptoms more pronounced. Sleep apnea can also contribute to generally poor performance throughout the day and can lead to a higher likelihood of workplace and automobile accidents. 

How does a dentist treat sleep apnea?

After your physician or sleep specialist diagnoses you with sleep apnea, Dr. Arejian can ease your symptoms by providing you with a custom-fitted oral appliance to wear while you sleep. 

Your sleep apnea night guard is designed from an impression of your mouth, so it fits snugly and comfortably around your teeth. It gently pushes your lower jaw and tongue forward, which opens up the obstruction in the back of your throat and clears a pathway for you to get oxygen while you sleep.

Oral appliance therapy is an excellent alternative to the traditional method of treating sleep apnea: a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. CPAP machines are great at minimizing the effects of sleep apnea, but because they require you to wear a mask over your mouth and nose while you sleep, they can be cumbersome, obtrusive, and difficult to sleep in. 

Both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) recommend oral appliance therapy as an effective treatment for sleep apnea in patients who are intolerant of CPAP therapy. 

Begin treating your sleep apnea today and schedule a visit with Silva A. Arejian, DDS, by calling the office or booking online.