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San Ramon Cosmetic Dentistry

Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
1501 Bollinger Canyon Rd. Ste G
San Ramon, CA 94583
925.269.2700

 

Sleep Apnea

San Ramon, Alamo, Danville, Pleasanton & Walnut Creek areas

Pleasanton DentistMillions of Americans are affected by sleep apnea. Most sleep apnea cases are misdiagnosed or overlooked by family practice doctors. Many health conditions are caused by untreated sleep apnea. These health conditions include:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Heightened risk of heart failure
  • The chance of obesity, and diabetes
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke
  • Greater chance of a driving accident or a work-related accident

Please contact our cosmetic dentistry office for more information about these and other health conditions. California cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sean Anderson, has helped many patients sleep soundly and without the continual interruption of sleep apnea.

The Definition of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes the soft tissue in the back of the throat to block your air passages while you sleep. The blockage disrupts your sleep by causing pauses in your breathing. The pauses in breathing occur up to 30 times an hour and can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Your breathing usually starts again with a gasp for breath. You may not know you have sleep apnea or that you stop breathing because these episodes happen while you are asleep and you do not wake up.

Sleep apnea is an ongoing condition unless treated. It disrupts your normal sleeping habits and causes you to have a light, unsatisfying sleep instead of a normal deep sleep. Because of this light sleep, many people with sleep apnea feel extreme fatigue and irritableness even after 10 hours of sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

There are many symptoms of sleep apnea such as:

  • Irritableness
  • Loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Increased difficulty in concentrating

Sleep Apnea Types

There are three types of sleep apnea where cases range from moderate to severe. The three types are central, obstructive, and mixed.

Central sleep apnea is the most severe type. This type is characterized with the brain forgetting to tell the breathing muscles to make you breathe. Usually, the sufferer sleeps through the episodes of stopped breathing. This can sometimes lead to death if the muscles do not start working or if the sufferer does not wake up.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the second type of sleep apnea and is the most common. This type is characterized by the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. The soft tissue blocks the air passages causing difficulty with breathing and can stop breathing for several minutes.

The third type of sleep apnea is mixed sleep apnea. This type is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea. Episodes of mixed sleep apnea start with an aspect of central sleep apnea that turns into obstructive sleep apnea. Once the obstructive sleep apnea is treated, the central sleep apnea aspect usually lessens and is not as severe.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

San Ramon Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Anderson treats every type of sleep apnea from moderate to sever. There are several steps that can be taken to treat mild sleep apnea:

  • Weight loss
  • Quit smoking
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Lessen the use of alcohol and sedative drugs
  • Reduce nose congestion

More severe cases of sleep apnea may require nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. This treatment uses a mask hooked up to a machine that monitors your air passages and air intake while you sleep. Small pouches are inserted in your nostrils to help control your breathing. CPAP eliminates the episodes of stopped breathing and keeps the soft tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing.

CPAP is sometimes cumbersome and difficult to utilize because it is a mask you have to wear every night and is attached to a machine. Anyone who travels frequently or enjoys camping may have a difficult time with this treatment.

If you believe you suffer from sleep apnea, please contact our San Ramon cosmetic dentistry office for a consultation. We will answer all of your sleep apnea questions and help you by finding the right treatment so you can have a great nights sleep.

 

925.269.2700

Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Cosmetic Dentistry

Disclaimer: San Ramon Dentist Dr. Sean Anderson's website only provides information on dental treatment of sleep apnea in Alamo, Danville, Diablo, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, and the San Ramon area south of San Francisco, CA. The information contained herein is not to be taken as medical advice.
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