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By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
July 12, 2017
Category: Oral Appliance
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Could your daytime fatigue actually be due to this sleep disorder?Sleep Apnea

While most Americans don’t get enough sleep in general, if you are someone who always gets about 7-8 hours of sleep but still wakes up smacking the alarm and dragging themselves out of bed then you may not be getting the quality sleep you need. Why is this? Well, it might be due to sleep apnea. Learn more about the symptoms of sleep apnea and whether our Walnut Creek, CA, dentist, Dr. Frank Sika, could help manage your sleep disorder.

Are you experiencing any of these issues?

  • Waking up extremely exhausted despite a full night of sleep
  • Severe daytime fatigue that doesn’t go away
  • Falling asleep at your desk or while driving
  • No energy
  • Lack of concentration, irritability and moodiness
  • Waking up in the middle of the night unable to breathe
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a sore throat

If you said yes to a few of these symptoms then you could be dealing with sleep apnea. A lot of people suffer from this sleep disorder and never know it; however, it’s important that you don’t just ignore your symptoms. Sleep apnea can lead to serious health complications like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack if left untreated. This is why you should see a sleep specialist if you start to notice some of the issues above.

How can my dentist help?

When people think of sleep apnea they don’t often think about how their Walnut Creek general dentist can help them. Our dentist can work with your sleep specialists to make sure that you are getting the best possible treatments, which could include oral appliance therapy. This treatment option is great for those dealing with mild-to-moderate forms of sleep apnea.

This oral device is specifically fitted to your mouth and either prevents the tongue from obstructing the airways or it positions the jaws forward to prevent the airways from collapsing. The oral device we choose will depend on your unique symptoms and needs. If you only have mild symptoms, wearing this oral appliance while you sleep may be all you require to effectively manage your sleep problem.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and want to learn more about the benefits of oral appliance therapy then call our Walnut Creek, CA, dental office today to find out what we could do for you.