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Sleep Apnea

Placentia Sleep Apnea Therapy | Dr. Young Jun, DDS

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common but serious sleep disorder where a person experiences a pause in their breathing while they sleep. Breathing disruptions can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple minutes at a time and can happen anywhere from 5 – 30+ times an hour depending on the severity of the condition. At Young Jun, DDS in Placentia, we know how debilitating sleep apnea can be and are happy that we are able to help our patients treat this health issue.

What causes sleep apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea:

1.       Obstructed Sleep Apnea – OSA is when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep by soft tissue. This type of sleep apnea often effects people who have large tonsils, a large tongue, a small jaw bone, those who are overweight or have a deviated septum or sinus problems. 

2.       Central Sleep Apnea – This less common type of sleep apnea is when the brain does not send signals to the muscles to breath.

Why is it important to treat sleep apnea?

In addition to causing sleep deprivation, sleep apnea causes high blood pressure. High blood pressure contributes to many cardiovascular problems such as:

·         Strokes

·         Heart Attacks

·         Irregular Heart Beat

·         Diabetes

·         Obesity

How does sleep apnea cause high blood pressure?

Oxygen levels in the blood take a big dip when a sleep apnea sufferer experiences a pause in their breathing (apnea). This lack of oxygen causes the brain to partially wake up and send signals to the central nervous system to constrict the suffers blood vessels in order to force more oxygen to flow to the heart and brain. This extra force causes blood pressure to rise.

How to treat sleep apnea – CPAP vs Oral Appliance Therapy:

The two most common ways to treat sleep apnea are the CPAP machine or an oral appliance.

         CPAP Machine – CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP machine is a machine that supplies constant air pressure to the sufferer through a hose and a mask or nose piece. A CPAP has been the standard for sleep apnea treatment for many years however many patients find it to be uncomfortable and do not tolerate it. At Young Jun, DDS we are thrilled to offer a newer way to treat sleep apnea through the use of an oral appliance.

         Oral Appliance – Young Jun, DDS can fit a sleep apnea sufferer with a custom oral appliance to wear to bed. This appliance supports the jaw in a forward position to help keep the airway open. It typically fits like a retainer or sports guard. Many people like this alternative to a CPAP due to its portability, ease of use and discreteness.   

Questions or ready to book an appointment?

If you have any questions about oral appliance’s to treat sleep apnea, book an appointment with us at Young Jun, DDS in Placentia so that you can discuss your options with Dr. Jun. We look forward to helping you get a restful night’s sleep and on the road to a healthier you!


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