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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep-breathing disorder characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. These interruptions may occur hundreds of times in a night and may vary in length from a few seconds to a full minute. Sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway that prevent proper breathing, such as the tongue rolling back or the soft tissues of the throat collapsing. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause or contribute to a number of serious medical conditions, including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Respiratory problems
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Hormonal and chemical imbalances

Common signs of OSA include:

  • Hypersomnia (extreme daytime drowsiness)
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability and other mood changes
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems with both long- and short-term memory

There are a variety of treatments for sleep apnea. At Arrowhead Family Dentistry, we provide oral appliance therapy. Our dentist will work with you to create a custom oral appliance that will help keep your airways open so that you can breathe easily while asleep and get the rest you need. More extreme cases of sleep apnea may require surgery to resolve the problem.

We invite you to call us at 909-889-3300 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaileshkumar Bhatt and learn more about how sleep apnea treatment in San Bernardino, California, can benefit you. We are dedicated to helping you improve your health and quality of life.

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