Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that is marked by pauses in breathing during sleep. When you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax along with the rest of your body, but in those with sleep apnea, the tissues and muscles around the airway do not just relax but actually collapse and block the airway. This affects the quality of your sleep and reduces the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, insulin resistance, memory problems and accidents. Dr. Raymund Tanaka & Dr. Cynthia Leong, our Glendale sleep apnea experts, can help.
Nearly 20 million Americans have sleep apnea, but not all of them have been properly diagnosed or treated. Dr. Martirosyan, our expert in sleep apnea in Glendale, uses oral appliance therapy, or OAT, to prevent the collapse of tissues and keep the airway open so that you can breathe easily all night long. The doctors have been specially trained to choose the most appropriate oral appliance for your needs and fit it to the unique contours of your mouth for a comfortable, easy-to-use solution. Different types of appliances are available to address specific needs, and we will carefully fit yours to ensure the best results. Follow-up care can help keep your treatment plan on track and give us an opportunity to make necessary adjustments as needed.
Symptoms of sleep apnea may resemble those of other health problems and can be easily dismissed. Dr. Raymund Tanaka & Dr. Cynthia Leong, our experts in sleep apnea in Glendale, may recommend that you keep a sleep journal to better identify patterns and warning signs. Loud or disruptive snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, teeth grinding, morning headaches, dry mouth and sore throat can all indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea. About half of people who snore loudly have sleep apnea, and those who do are more likely to make snoring, gasping or choking sounds as they reopen their airways.