Even though it might not seem obvious at first, your dentist is frequently the first person to diagnose your sleep disorder. Many sleep disorders present symptoms in your oral tissues, and Olga Belova, DDS, and the team at Almaden Dental Associates can diagnose and treat your condition. Stop losing sleep and schedule an appointment at the practice’s state-of-the-art clinic in San Jose, California. Call the office today or use the online tool to book your visit.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for extended periods of time throughout the night. It’s typically caused by an obstruction to your airway, which happens if the muscles in your throat are too loose or relaxed when you sleep.
These episodes of breathlessness can last a few seconds or a few minutes and can happen hundreds of times during the night, during which time your body is deprived of essential oxygen.
Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea include:
When the team at Almaden Dental Associates examines you for sleep apnea some of the signs they look for are a red and irritated throat (from snoring) or excessively worn teeth surfaces (from grinding).
Sleep apnea deprives your body of proper oxygen intake, which can have severe effects on your overall health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to:
Sleep apnea also prevents you from properly resting at night, which can leave you irritable, drowsy, and functioning at a lower capacity throughout the day.
A common treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which is a machine that pumps humidified air into your system through a nose-and-mouth mask that you wear when you sleep. CPAP machines are highly effective at treating sleep apnea but can be cumbersome or difficult to wear.
Almaden Dental Associates offers oral appliances that are FDA-approved and recommended by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine as an alternative to CPAP treatment, including:
A mandibular advancement device is a mouthguard that’s custom-designed to fit snugly over your teeth and gently push your lower jaw forward while you sleep. This helps to open up your airway, allowing your body to get more oxygen.
A tongue retraining device is a type of splint that keeps your tongue in a particular position to optimize the amount of oxygen that can pass through your airway.
To get started with treating your sleep dentistry treatments, schedule a visit with Almaden Dental Associates today by calling the office or booking a visit online.