What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for short intervals during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often caused by collapsing airway tissues or by the tongue rolling back in the throat while you sleep. These pauses in your breathing result in decreased levels of oxygen in the body, and the brain must rouse your body from sleep to restart your breathing. This results in hundreds of sleeping interruptions throughout the night.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

You may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea if you notice the following signs and symptoms:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep (sometimes witnessed by your partner)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

What health risks are associated with sleep apnea?

When left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health problems. These health conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and depression. Sleep apnea can even lead to premature death.

What is sleep apnea treatment?

Dr. Jeffrey Lopes has received specialized, advanced training on how to treat sleep disordered breathing. He will conduct tests and work with other offices that specialize in sleep studies to determine whether your sleep disorder is caused by insomnia, snoring, or sleep apnea. Each of these conditions can be treated, but proper diagnosis is essential to ensuring the correct treatment. For patients who suffer from sleep apnea, we may recommend an oral appliance that treats sleep apnea by keeping your mouth in a position that prevents airway obstructions while you sleep. If you believe that you may suffer from any of these sleep disorders, we invite you to contact our dental office today for information on treatment for snoring and sleep apnea in Sonoma, California. Our caring dentist and dental team are committed to helping you find relief for a better, more restful night’s sleep.