You Can Self-Diagnose Sleep Apnea – Here Are Some Signs | Manhattan Beach Dentist

166668743Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where you have one or more pauses when breathing or shallow breaths while you’re asleep. The pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes, and can occur 30 times or more an hour. While this occurs, your diaphragm and chest muscles are working hard to try to open your obstructed airway and pull oxygen into your lungs. Sleep apnea can be dangerous due to the decrease in oxygen flow to your vital organs and can cause irregular heart rhythms.

Because sleeping is when your apnea is noticeable, it is difficult to self-diagnose sleep apnea. In fact, your spouse or sleep partner will be first to typically notice the signs and symptoms because they will be the one around to notice behaviors while you sleep. The signs or symptoms they may notice include the pauses while snoring, followed by a gasping or choking noise. Additional signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Headaches when you wake up
  • Trouble keeping focused
  • Feeling depressed, irritable or having mood swings
  • Waking up frequently to go to the restroom
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up

According to research, sleep apnea is more common in men than in women. In order to properly diagnosed sleep apnea, your doctors will have to perform a physical exam and take your medical and sleep history. Your doctor may also want to speak with your family member or the people you live with about your sleep habits.

If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep apnea, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.

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There May Be Help for Your Bruxism | Manhattan Beach Dentist

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If you find yourself constantly waking up with a dull headache, tooth pain or a sore jaw, you may want to go to your dentist to see if you’re suffering from bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a dental condition that affects as many as 1 out of 10 adults. Common symptoms of bruxism include neck pain, jaw pain, headache, and tooth pain. Because it generally happens while we sleep, the most common means of alleviating the pain that comes with bruxism is by wearing a dental appliance known as a night guard. If you feel that the night guard isn’t making enough of a difference, there are other alternative treatment options that you can inquire to your dentist about, such as:

Teeth straightening. Maloclussions, or teeth that are out of alignment causing an overbite or underbite has been known to contribute to bruxism. Wearing braces can help in such cases.

Proper stress management. Bruxism is also likely to be caused by anxiety, so you may want to try out certain methods of relaxation such as meditation. Professional counselling, in severe cases, may also be necessary and useful.

Dietary changes. Stimulants, such as caffeine, have been known to cause teeth grinding, so your dentist might recommend avoiding such beverages. You may also be asked to stay off antidepressants, as they may make bruxism symptoms worse.

While wearing night guards have been proven to help with bruxism, it’s wise to ask for help from a licensed dental professional.

If you have questions or concerns regarding bruxism, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.

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Fact or Fiction: Sleep Apnea Edition | Manhattan Beach Dentist

sleep apneaWhen it comes to sleep disorders, it’s safe to say we don’t know much. Recently, more information regarding conditions, like sleep apnea, has been available. According to National Sleep Foundation, doctors, researchers, and sleep centers have made great advances in raising awareness about sleep apnea. Despite this, there are still misconceptions – here is a list of the most common myths about sleep apnea:

Myth #1: Snoring equals sleep apnea.

Fact: While snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone who snores has it. People who suffer from sleep apnea pause their breathing while they’re asleep, impacting their overall health by disrupting their sleep cycle and decreasing their sleep.

Myth #2: Sleep apnea only inflicts the elderly.

Fact: Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages, including children. There are some physical attributes that can increase your risk of devolving this sleep disorder, such as being overweight or being male.

Myth #3: If you have sleep apnea, you’re probably obese.

Fact: As stated above, being overweight can increase the likelihood of developing sleep apnea, due to the fatty tissue in the throat, which can collapse and block the airway when one relaxes during sleep.

Myth #4: There’s no danger in having sleep apnea.

Fact: People may think sleep apnea is just snoring, but it’s a sleep disorder that takes a toll on the health benefits that sleep provides. Untreated sleep apnea can result in many serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep apnea, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.

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When You Need a Sleep Study | Manhattan Beach Dentist

snoring on oral healthThere is nothing worse than not getting a good night’s sleep. It’s time to see a doctor. More than likely, you will need a sleep study. But what should you expect? How does one analyze sleep?

A sleep study is done by your dental professional or some other sleep specialist, and can be done either in a sleep lab or in the comfort of your own home. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has a listing of accredited sleep centers and you can find them here.

You will be sleeping a good six hours while various test results are produced in order for the specialist to pinpoint any issues you may have. The test, or polysomnography, watches the sleeping patterns of your brain waves, eye and chin movements, heart rate, respiration, blood levels and leg movements. These test results produce a more concise diagnosis, the most important piece to this puzzle are your apnea-hyponea index, or AHI.

Your apnea is the amount of times you completely cease breathing for 10 seconds or longer. Your hypopnea is constricted breath for longer than 10 seconds. Combine the number of times you experience any of these within each hour of sleep.

If obstructive sleep apnea is your diagnosis, then you will need to discuss with your doctor possible treatment. Chances are it you will be fitted for a positive airway pressure, or PAP, device to help you sleep through the night because any blockages you may have will remain open with this device.

If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep studies, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.

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