This sleeping problem causes snoring, insomnia, day time sleepiness, non-refreshing sleep, headaches, and more. At our office in Orange, we offer a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments to Orange County patients with sleep-related disorders.
Get Some Rest with the Help of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is more than just a sleeping problem. Its effects range from snoring and sleepiness to insomnia and depression. Dr. Fotinos is proud to offer his patients in and around Orange County, CA a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. In the United States, an estimated 18 million people deal with sleep apnea on a nightly basis. While people with sleep apnea tend to snore, snoring itself does not usually result in a depletion of oxygen. Essentially, a person dealing with sleep apnea suffocates for 10 to 60 seconds at a time, multiple times throughout the night.
Soft tissue in the throat repeatedly collapses while the patient is sleeping. This soft tissue blocks the airway, thus depleting the body’s oxygen faster than it can replace it. Oxygen is essential for proper brain function. When oxygen levels decrease, carbon dioxide levels increase in an effort to wake the sleeping person so they can breathe. Once the oxygen level returns to normal, the person drifts back to sleep. Unfortunately, this cycle can repeat itself hundreds of times in a single night.
Signs Insomnia is Wreaking Havoc as you Sleep
While anyone can be affected by sleep apnea, it does tend to worsen with age and weight gain. There are common signs to watch for if you suspect you or a loved one is dealing with sleep apnea:
- Waking up feeling unrefreshed
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for breath upon awakening
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Orange, CA
Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you have two treatment options. One intensive option is a CPAP machine which forces air into the airway in order to keep oxygen levels normal. A CPAP is effective if the person’s mask fits properly and it is worn consistently. The second option is much more user-friendly. Custom night guards designed by Dr. Fotinos and his team are made to correct the position of the jaw. With the jaw in the proper position, airflow improves, snoring decreases, and quality of sleep improves. Contact us today 714-538-5182 for a free consultation!