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Snoring & Sleep Disorder
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Sleep Apnea

Is snoring keeping you from a good night’s sleep? Visit us at Encino Dental Health and Cosmetics for help.  
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that affects numerous people across the globe. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea stop and start breathing all through the night, which causes them to jerk and sore. The lack of oxygen caused by the inability to breathe increases carbon dioxide in the body, alerting the brain to produce snorting and gasping sounds.


The three most common types of sleep apnea are obstructive, mixed, and central. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type that partially or fully blocks upper airways during sleep.


Sleep apnea is diagnosed by performing a sleep study in a sleep center. There are three different kinds of sleep apnea: central, mixed and obstructive. One of the most common types of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the upper airways of a person are partially or completely blocked during sleep. Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea may experience jerking and loud gasping caused by the restricted oxygen flow.


Sleep apnea commonly goes untreated as most patients are unaware of it. It has detrimental effects on sleep quality and productivity during the day. Loud snoring keeps the patient restless and their family members disturbed during the night.


Research reveals that using oral appliances can drastically improve sleeping patterns in patients who suffer from sleep apnea. An anti-snoring oral appliance is similar to that of a night guard that keeps your jaw forward during sleep. Keeping the tongue and lower jaw slightly forward improves breathing and prevents airways from blocking.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Chronic or loud snoring 
  • Gasping or choking during sleep 
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleepiness and dizziness during the day 
  • Irritability, moodiness, changes in temperament 
  • Lack of concentration and reduced productivity
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Treating Sleep Apnea

CPAP therapy is the most common approach to sleep apnea. In CPAP therapy, the patient is asked to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. The mask is attached to an air pressure machine that pushes air through the nasal passage and mouth. Although CPAP is effective in treating sleep apnea, it is incredibly uncomfortable, and patients are often unable to tolerate it.

Oral Appliances at Encino 

At Encino, we help patients with sleep apnea by first sending a referral for a sleep study and then designing a customized oral appliance that eases symptoms. Our oral appliances reposition their tongue and move the jaw slightly forward during the night to prevent airways from blocking. Our highest quality material and comfortable design ensure their gums are protected from bacteria and sleep is undisturbed.


For peaceful sleep, a perfect fit, approach us today.


Schedule your appointment for diagnosis and impressions for your customized oral appliance.

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