Are you a loud, chronic snorer? Do you feel extremely drowsy during the day? If so, you may suffer from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses and interruptions in breathing during sleep. This may happen hundreds of times during the night, leading to fragmented, restless sleep that leaves you feeling exhausted even after several hours of sleep. Because of the pauses in breathing, sleep apnea can also result in decreased oxygen levels in the body and can contribute to several serious health conditions. Obstructive sleep apnea is often caused by collapsing airway tissues or by the tongue rolling back in your throat while you sleep. You may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea if you notice the following signs:
- Chronic snoring
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Frequent headaches upon awakening
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Personality changes and irritability
- Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
In order to treat sleep apnea and alleviate these symptoms, our experienced dentists, Dr. Findlay and Dr. Baldassari-Cruz, offer sleep apnea treatment at Findlay Dental Arts. One of our most common treatment options for sleep apnea in San Francisco, California, is a custom-made oral appliance. This fits over your teeth and is worn only while you sleep to treat sleep apnea. The sleep apnea appliance can hold your jaw in a position that keeps your airway clear throughout the night, allowing you to breathe continuously and get a better, more restful night’s sleep. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment and oral appliances, we welcome you to call or visit our dental office today.