Sleep Apnea Causes & Solutions

Sleep Apnea Diagram

Sleep Apnea FAQs

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most commonly recognized symptom of sleep apnea is snoring during the night. While snoring can be mildly annoying or even humorous, other implications can be much more serious. During sleep apnea, there is often an interruption in sleep patterns due to obstruction of the airway. This variety is called obstructive sleep apnea. Typically people who suffer from the condition have no idea, except that may have been told they snore by friends and family. They also may recognize that they are unusually tired, even after having had a full night’s sleep.

The reason for the fatigue is the interruption in sleep pattern, which is especially stressful for both the body and mind. The individual never truly gets the restful sleep to “recharge.”

What are the causes?

The primary cause of the condition is the position of the jaw and surrounding soft tissues of the throat. Snoring occurs as the throat sags backward and obstructs the airways. This may even result in breathing stoppages up to 30 or more times per hour during the night. This condition is especially stressful on the body and can have other health implications for the individual. Studies have shown that untreated sleep apnea is related to obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension), and increased risk for heart attacks and stroke.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Losing weight has been shown to help improve the condition, as well as CPAP devices, or adjustments to your sleeping position.

Dental Appliances

Another solution may be as simple as an oral appliance to assist you during the night. Often called a nightguard or snore guard, we can create a custom-fitted dental mouthpiece to prevent snoring and breathing problems. Molded to your teeth, it works by holding your lower jaw slightly forward, preventing the throat from becoming obstructed.

If you or a family member experiences the symptoms of obstruction and breathing cessation, a snore guard or nightguard is an idea worth considering! Contact us for a consultation by calling (916) 331-6288.

About William J. Black, DDS

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the Untied States Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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