Sleep Breathing Disorders in Marina Del Rey
Sleep is a time of dynamic healing and growth for the body’s immune, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Without the restful effects of sleep, the body and mind do not function at their optimal levels. People with
At least 11. 30 % of people with Sleep Apnea do NOT snore (just because you don’t snore, doesn’t mean you don’t have some kind of Sleep Disordered Breathing). However, most people with sleep apnea do snore. For those people who snore but do not have apnea, the only harm done is to the relationship you have with your bed partner. Snoring is, however, considered a strong risk factor for a disorder that is very harmful called obstructive sleep apnea. It can actually be easily measured and treated by an experienced dentist like Dr. Scott Tamura.
What are the causes of it?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses, or if the tongue closes the airway during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can lead to High Blood Pressure, increased incidence of Stroke, Diabetes, Low Birthweight Babies and in children, bedwetting, Restless Leg Syndrome, ADD and ADHD.
As these statistics show, sleep apnea is not a problem to be taken lightly. The risks of mortality faced by those with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are simply not worth it when you consider all the types of treatment available.
How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?
There are two ways to be tested to see if you have this deadly disease. One way is to spend the night in a Certified Sleep Center and have a
Dr. Tamura has invested in a brand new technology called the Watch-Pat 200 which allows his patients to be screened for sleep apnea in the comfort of their own home.
If Doctor Tamura feels you are a candidate, he can first do a sleep evaluation in our office to determine if you would be a candidate for a sleep screening test. This small device is no bigger than a large
Our dental team members have been trained by the
The next morning simply
If your sleep apnea is Mild, Doctor Tamura may discuss with you a mouthpiece you can wear at night which gently holds your lower jaw forward so your tongue does not fall to the back of your throat at night and close off your airway.
If your sleep screening report shows that your Sleep Apnea is Moderate to Severe, Dr. Tamura may refer you to a Sleep Physician. A Sleep Physician is a medical doctor who specializes in working with people who have Sleep Disordered Breathing. Many times your medical insurance will pay for treatment related to sleep disorders.
How much sleep does an average person need?
Sleep needs vary from person to person, but most adults require
What is REM Sleep?
REM sleep makes up about 20 – 25% of the sleep cycle in normal adults. REM sleep is characterized by:
• Eyelid fluttering
• Rapid eye movement
• Slowed breathing and respiration
• Slowed in heart rate and blood pressure
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