Sleep Apnea Specialist

Karen E Guinn, DDS -  - Orthodontist

The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design

Karen E Guinn, DDS

Orthodontist & TMJ Specialist located in Downtown Pasadena, CA & West Covina, CA

Sleep apnea interferes with your ability to get a restful night of sleep and it can also cause serious health problems — even death — if it’s not treated. Karen Guinn, DDS, at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design has the skill, knowledge, and experience required for effective sleep apnea treatment. Solutions like oral appliances can help residents in West Covina and Pasadena, California breathe freely again, so don’t hesitate to arrange a visit via online booking or by phone today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What’s sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes erratic breathing while you're sleeping. The most common kind is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles grow so relaxed that they fill your airway and prevent breathing.

It's quite common to have obstructive sleep apnea but not know about it. Because sleep apnea happens while you're asleep and unaware, your partner may be the one who observes your symptoms first.

Do I have sleep apnea?

The only one who can say for certain is a health care professional like Dr. Guinn. To diagnose sleep apnea, Dr. Guinn and her team will review your symptoms with you and perform diagnostic tests as needed. Some of the sleep apnea signs to watch for include:

  • Loud or disruptive snoring
  • Gagging, choking, or gasping while asleep
  • Tossing and turning at night
  • Unexplained sleepiness during the day
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depressed mood
  • Increased irritability
  • Dry mouth when you wake up
  • Painful throat when you wake up

Why is sleep apnea dangerous?

Sleep apnea is dangerous for your health because it's connected to serious health issues if it's not treated. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to:

  • Headaches
  • Memory trouble
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cognitive dysfunction

Because sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart disease, and other potentially fatal conditions, it can be deadly.

What’s the treatment for sleep apnea?

Fortunately, there are effective treatment solutions for sleep apnea today. Sleep apnea treatment depends on your symptoms, your current health concerns, and other factors specific to you.

Dr. Guinn often treats sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Oral appliances shift your jaw while you're asleep, helping keep your airway clear so you can breathe freely. Oral appliances are quite small and easy to use, and they're often enough to resolve sleep apnea without any other treatment.

Another option for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. With this type of therapy, you're connected to a CPAP machine while you're asleep, which continually delivers air to keep you breathing in a normal pattern throughout the night.

Today, many patients prefer oral appliances because they're easier to use and they don't cause the discomfort that's often associated with continuous CPAP usage.

Suffering from sleep apnea symptoms? You don’t have to live with them any longer. Use online booking or call the office for help from The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design now.