Sleep Apnea and Snoring, Oral Appliance Solutions.
Welcome to the Central California Sleep Center (CCSC) website on oral appliance therapy for snoring and sleep apnea. This site focuses on the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, with an emphasis on oral appliance therapy. Properly trained sleep apnea dentist such as
Dr. Schapansky of the CCSC plays an important role in the treatment of sleep breathing disorders. In partnership with your physician, psychologist, or sleep therapist, Dr. Schapansky can provide a life-changing oral appliance therapy (O.A.T.), one of the newest, non-surgical treatments of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A.).
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
In recent years, sleep problems have become a topic of great focus and concern as science has learned more about its dangers. The most significant symptom of sleep apnea that has captured attention is its association with loud snoring, a common complaint of spouses. Although the most common, there are other related symptoms, such as sleepiness and fatigue. Recent research has linked many other health problems and consequences such as:
- Headaches in the morning
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
- Fatigue-related motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents at the workplace
- Decreased sex drive
What is Sleep Apnea?
This condition is a potentially life-threatening condition and is one of the most under-diagnosed of all sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a highly treatable disorder, in which a person stops breathing—often hundreds of times a night—without ever realizing it. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A.), is associated with obstructions of airflow to the lungs during sleep. This is brought on by a collapse of the upper airway at the back of the throat. Central Apnea is a less common form of sleep apnea in which the brain fails to signal the breathing muscles. Mixed Sleep Apnea is associated with having both central and obstruction issues.