About Sleep Apnea
By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
November 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

You simply can’t live your best life if you’re not getting enough sleep each night. A study published by the CDC found that over 35 percent of American adults don’t get sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation is the cause of many health issues and can affect your ability to function optimally throughout the work or school day. One of the leading causes of this deprivation is sleep apnea, a condition that interferes with your ability to have a steady, uninterrupted night of rest. If you suffer from this ailment, you'll be excited to hear that there may be a simple solution for it at Dr. Frank Skiba’s dentist office in Walnut Creek, CA.

About Sleep Apnea
There are swaths of soft tissue located around and in front of the air passageways in your throat. When these soft tissues block the passageways at intervals when you’re sleeping, it is called obstructive sleep apnea. If you have a hard time breathing due to a blockage, it will cause you to briefly wake up from a deep sleep. Sometimes patients wake up dozens of times throughout the night without realizing it. This is concerning as the inability to freely and continuously breathe while sleeping could cause oxygen deprivation. 

Sleep Apnea Challenges
Because patients are asleep when they experience sleep apnea symptoms, many of them don’t know that they’re suffering from this condition. The only way that some patients learn that they have it is when others hear them snoring loudly. With sleep apnea, patients are unable to achieve and maintain an ideal sleep pattern, meaning that they can’t get the amount of mental and physical rest needed to perform at their best the next day. Sleep apnea could also be related to cardiovascular issues and other health complications. These challenges can be overcome by visiting Dr. Frank Skiba’s dentist office in Walnut Creek, CA.

Sleep Apnea Treatment from a Dentist
Though some patients choose to wear CPAP masks and seek additional (often complicated) solutions for sleep apnea from a doctor, relief may be possible through an easier method when you visit the dentist’s office. Your dentist can create an oral appliance that you put into your mouth that will help keep the tongue and soft tissues from blocking your airways when you sleep. 

Time to Sleep Easier
When you have sleep apnea, it’s almost impossible to get a proper night’s rest. Find out if the best solution is a dental device created by Dr. Frank Skiba at his office in Walnut Creek, CA. Call 925-934-8149 today to set up a consultation.