Sleep apnea is most often characterized by loud, chronic snoring that is punctuated with pauses in breathing during sleep. A person could stop breathing anywhere between a few times a night to hundreds of times each night. This can lead to morning headaches, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, depression, dry mouth, sore throat, and eventually heart disease. It is never a good idea to just ignore it and hope that the symptoms go away. Instead, you should seek treatment from our Thousand Oaks sleep apnea expert.
There is no way to cure sleep apnea, but there are ways to reduce the severity of your symptoms so that you can get a better night’s rest and feel more refreshed during the day. Sometimes all you need to do is implement simple lifestyle changes such as avoiding alcohol, exercising more, or sleeping in a different position.
An oral appliance may be prescribed to help open up your airways during rest. For more moderate cases of sleep apnea, you could benefit greatly from a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. However, some patients suffer from sleep apnea that is so severe that the only treatment available to them is surgery. Our expert can diagnose your condition and recommend the best treatment.