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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.

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.