Is sleep apnea dangerous?
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, is a potentially dangerous condition because it blocks your airway as you sleep. This can cause periodic bouts of not breathing, which causes a number of health conditions such as high blood pressure, strokes, fatigue, and depression.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a medical professional and involves a sleep study at an accredited sleep clinic. Once diagnosis occurs, you may be prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine to relieve your symptoms. Most patients get the relief they need from the CPAP machine, but some do not. That is where we can help.
For those patients with mild cases of sleep apnea who do not tolerate the CPAP machine well, Dr. Jeffrey Robertson offers an alternative in the form of a dental appliance, worn at night. This custom made appliance gently moves the lower jaw forward in order to open your airway and allow for the unobstructed breath necessary to keep you healthy and provide a good night’s sleep.
For more information about sleep apnea alternatives, contact our Irvine, CA office. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson can help you achieve a healthy and restful night’s sleep and improve your health and quality of life.
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