By conservative estimates, medical experts believe that over 18 million American adults struggle with some form of sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea affects your work, daily activities, and overall quality of life, Dharaben Munjpara, DDS, Douglas Mo, DDS, and the leading dental providers at Golden State Smiles in San Leandro and Concord, California, provide integrative treatment solutions. If you regularly have sleepless nights or chronic daytime fatigue, request a sleep apnea exam today. Use the online scheduling tool or call the office nearest you to book a visit.
Sleep apnea is an umbrella term for conditions that cause you to breathe irregularly while sleeping. One of the most common types of sleep apnea that dentists regularly treat is obstructive sleep apnea.
With this type of sleep apnea, your airways collapse as your throat muscles relax when you lie down. This causes a blockage or obstruction, which in turn, minimizes your breathing. You may wake up gasping for air or interrupt your partner’s sleep with your loud snoring.
Several issues can increase your risk of developing sleep apnea. While being overweight or obese is a common factor, not everyone who struggles with sleep apnea is overweight. If you have sleep apnea, it might be associated with:
Sleep apnea affects people of all ages. However, your risk is higher if you’re age 40 or older. To determine if you need a sleep apnea treatment, your dentist at Golden State Smiles talks with you about your symptoms. It’s important to let them know if you regularly wake up with a dry or sore throat, snore loudly, feel unrested, or have any other sleep apnea-related issues.
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This system requires you to wear a mask while you sleep, which pushes air into your airways and helps keep them open. While a CPAP machine is effective, it’s uncomfortable, and some patients aren’t consistent about using it.
Because a CPAP system isn’t right for everyone, the dentists at Golden State Smiles offer a sleep apnea oral appliance. This customized device, which fits over your lower arch of teeth, forces your jaw to remain in a forward position. As a result, your throat and airways stay open so that you can experience more restful nights.
If you struggle with sleep apnea, find out how the dental team at Golden State Smiles can help. Request your sleep apnea exam through the website or call the office nearest you today.