How Your Dentist Can Help with Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea in Turlock, CA, is more serious than you might think. The disorder causes you to stop breathing anywhere from a few to several seconds several times each night. Some people with sleep apnea remember waking up gasping for air the next morning, while others have no recollection of their breathing difficulties.

If you suspect you could have this disorder, schedule an appointment for a sleep study as soon as possible. Once you have the results of your sleep study back, Dr. Michael Ratto can evaluate you and offer solutions.

Symptoms and Causes of Sleep Apnea

People who have sleep apnea are often overweight, have a large neck circumference, or have enlarged tonsils or adenoids. The typical symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:

  • Concentration problems
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Depression, anxiety, or other mood problems
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Having a dry mouth and/or sore throat when waking up in the morning
  • Headaches upon waking up in the morning
  • Loud snoring, which you may not hear yourself
  • Reduced libido

Living with these symptoms can greatly impact your quality of life. Progressive Health Dental can help.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

The first treatment method that people usually think of for sleep apnea is a piece of equipment known as CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The device contains a hose that you attach to a hard plastic mask that covers your mouth and nose. The ongoing air pressure prevents apneas by clearing space at the back of your throat.

Many people cannot tolerate CPAP machines due to discomfort and the loud noises they make. If that describes you, we will explore options like a customized oral appliance. Please contact us to schedule a diagnostic appointment forsleep apnea in Turlock, CA.