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Sleep Apnea Specialist

Center for Advanced Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implants Specialists located in San Jose, CA

If you wake up feeling tired despite sleeping a long time or your partner complains about loud snoring, sleep apnea might be the cause. At the Center for Advanced Dentistry in San Jose, California, the team of board-certified dentists can treat obstructive sleep apnea to help you get a better night’s sleep and optimize your health. At the first sign of sleep apnea, book an appointment with the experts at the Center for Advanced Dentistry. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder where you repeatedly start and stop breathing or gasp for air while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common form of sleep apnea that obstructs breathing because your throat muscles relax, narrowing your airway.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Signs and symptoms that might indicate you have sleep apnea include:

  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes of not breathing
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability 
  • Difficulty paying attention 

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for your overall health and wellness, which is why seeking treatment for sleep apnea is important. 

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your tongue gets stuck against the back of your throat and narrows or blocks your upper airway, causing breathing pauses or shallow breathing. Risk factors for developing it include:

  • Obesity
  • Having a thick neck
  • Older age
  • Being male
  • Nasal congestion
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Using sedatives
  • Family history of sleep apnea

If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to cardiovascular or respiratory complications and unpleasant symptoms associated with the condition.

How does my provider diagnose sleep apnea?

To determine if you have sleep apnea, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your mouth, throat, and breathing and might recommend you complete home sleep tests to measure oxygen levels, heart rate, and airflow patterns while you sleep.

What are my sleep apnea treatment options?

The dental experts at the Center for Advanced Dentistry can customize an oral appliance you wear at night to reduce or eliminate snoring and breathing problems. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are small, flexible mouthpieces. They properly position your upper and lower jaw to keep your airway open and give you a restful night’s sleep.

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is another sleep apnea treatment that uses air pressure, tubes, and a mask to push your tongue forward and open your airway during sleep. It can reduce snoring and prevent breathing problems. 

Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms of sleep apnea when simple treatment options are available to help you breathe easier at night. Call the office or book an appointment online today.