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Sleep Apnea

Brightleaf Dental

Nazila Satvat, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Holistic Dentist located in Santa Monica, CA

If you’re having trouble sleeping and wake up feeling tired, you’re at risk for health problems such as depression, high blood pressure, or Type 2 diabetes. There’s a possibility your loss of sleep is due to sleep apnea, which is when you stop breathing repeatedly while asleep, meaning your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen. At Brightleaf Dental in Santa Monica, California, Nazila Satvat, DDS, can help you get a good night’s rest by providing you with an oral appliance such as a mouthguard or tongue retaining device. Call the office or book your appointment online today to learn more.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. This causes the oxygen levels your body and brain receive to decrease, leading to a variety of health-related problems, such as:

  • Depression
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

Because of the potentially serious health problems associated with sleep apnea, it’s important to be aware of its symptoms, which include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Morning headache
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day

Sleep apnea can cause you to stop and start breathing again hundreds of times per night, leading to low physical and emotional well-being. While Dr. Satvat doesn’t diagnose sleep apnea, she can help you receive the best treatment so your quality of life can improve.

What are the types of sleep apnea?

There are two main types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea is a result of your throat muscles relaxing and blocking your airway. Most people with this type of sleep apnea don’t know they’re struggling to breathe at night because they tend to stay asleep.

Central sleep apnea

With central sleep apnea, your airway isn’t blocked, but your brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing. This form of sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea.

How can sleep apnea be treated?

Dr. Satvat offers two types of effective, noninvasive oral appliances that help keep your airway clear so you can get a good night’s rest.

Tongue retaining device

This device holds your tongue at the front of your mouth, preventing it from rolling back into your airway. If you sleep on your stomach or back, this can be a great device to reduce the loudness and frequency of your snoring.


A mouthguard is custom-made and known as a mandibular repositioning device. This device keeps your lower jaw in a forward and down position so your airway remains open and unobstructed.

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and would like a tongue retaining device or mouthguard to help you sleep better, call Brightleaf Dental or schedule an appointment online today.