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TARZANA, CA, August 06, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions. People with sleep apnea experience apnea episodes during which their breathing stops dozens or hundreds of times a night. The lack of oxygen and poor quality sleep that result from the apnea episodes have been linked with numerous health problems. Tarzana dentist, Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami, offers treatments for sleep apnea to help patients get a better night's sleep.
Because sleep apnea occurs when patients are asleep, many people could have it and not know it. Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
• Loud snoring
• Waking abruptly and feeling short of breath
• Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth
• Daytime sleepiness
• Waking frequently to urinate
• Attention deficits
• Unexplained weight gain
• High blood pressure
Sleeping partners often identify signs of sleep apnea before the sufferer especially if breathing cessation is observed.
Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami offers oral appliances to patients with sleep apnea. During an episode of obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles that support the soft palate, uvula, tonsils and other oral structures relax, allowing the soft tissues to collapse and narrow or block the airways. Oral appliances keep the airway open by preventing tissue collapse and widening the airway. A custom-fit oral appliance can be highly effective against obstructive sleep apnea episodes, and they are also comfortable and easy to wear.
Lifestyle changes can also help reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Patients with sleep apnea can benefit from increasing physical activity, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol use, decreasing caffeine use and losing weight.
While snoring is commonly associated with sleep apnea, not all snorers have sleep apnea. Additionally, not all people with sleep apnea snore. However, anyone who snores often or disruptively should undergo a sleep evaluation to determine if there are any underlying causes of the snoring.
About Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami
Dr. Shahkarami graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2003. She offers leading-edge dental technologies and treatments, including Invisalign, dental implants, endodontic treatments, dental veneers, smile makeovers and other restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.
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