Did you know that a staggering 22 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea? This common but potentially dangerous condition is characterized by its long list of symptoms, many of which could negatively impact total body health.
Fortunately, Dr. Hanam-Jahr helps diagnose and treat sleep apnea, right here in her Beverly Hills dental office. Beverly Hills Aesthetic Dentistry provides the top sleep apnea treatment near Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Culver City because our team partners with medical doctors to devise thorough treatment plans, customized to each and every patient.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes the sufferer to stop breathing for periods of time when sleeping. This constant stopping and starting of the breath can be caused by a number of factors, including the relaxing of the throat muscles (obstructive sleep apnea), improper signaling from the brain (central sleep apnea), or a combination of the two (complex sleep apnea syndrome).
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that is triggered by the unintentional relaxation of the throat muscles, a reaction that blocks airways, making it difficult to breathe. If you suffer from OSA, you have probably been told that you snore, chortle, or gasp while you sleep - sometimes up to 30 times per hour.
Unsurprisingly, many sleep apnea patients complain of chronic fatigue as their lack of proper breathing during sleep prevents them from getting the restful sleep they deserve!
What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea regularly complain of:
- Heavy Snoring
- Periodic Loss Of Breath While Sleeping
- Struggling To Breathe While Sleeping
- Constant Fatigue And Lack Of Energy
- Weight Gain
- Dry Throat
- Irritability & Mood Swings
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Unfortunately, there is a long list of risk factors that come with untreated sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea or suspect you may have it, you could be at a higher risk for developing the following conditions:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Worsening ADHD
How Dr. Hanam-Jahr Can Help Treat Your Sleep Apnea
If Dr. Hanam-Jahr suspects that you may have sleep apnea, our team will coordinate a home sleep test that will later be analyzed by a sleep doctor. If the sleep doctor determines that you have sleep apnea, they will provide you a list of recommended treatments.
For many, a mandibular advancement device, similar to a nighttime mouthguard, can help alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. If the doctor thinks this device is right for you, Dr. Hanam-Jahr will craft it based on your unique needs.
We Bill Through Medical Insurance!
Most dentists do not bill through patients' medical insurance for sleep apnea treatment, but we do! This means that you can receive a thorough screening from the dentist you know and trust, without needing to seek out an outside specialist.
If you have questions about the medical insurance billing process, please call today to speak with our patient coordinator!
Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Screening With Beverly Hills Aesthetic Dentistry Today!
Don't let sleep apnea compromise your physical or mental health. Call us today to schedule your consultation.
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