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Sleep Apnea in San Jose

November 1st, 2021 by admin

Does your partner snore? If your partner is snoring enough to wake you at night, it could be a sign that they could be suffering from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping problem in which a blocked airway prevents you from getting enough oxygen while you’re sleeping. Lack of oxygen causes your brain to wake you up, which can occur several times throughout the night, disrupting your sleep. People with severe sleep apnea may wake up hundreds of times throughout the night and be completely unaware of it. At Almadensmiles here in San Jose, California, we help our patients diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Many people are unaware that they have sleep apnea because it occurs at night. It’s critical to be aware of the symptoms.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea 

Although loud snoring is a big sign of sleep apnea, it is important to know other symptoms, including: 

  • Mood changes 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness 
  • Insomnia 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Weight gain 
  • Headaches 
  • Irritability 

It is essential to know that you do not need to be suffering from every sign to have sleep apnea. Excess weight, smoking, alcohol usage, heredity, and other factors contribute to sleep apnea. During your consultation, Dr. Chhabara can assess if you have sleep apnea. A sleep study may be recommended to track your sleep patterns and identify if you have a sleep disorder.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in San Jose

Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when your airway becomes obstructed. This makes it difficult or impossible to breathe while sleeping. According to estimates, up to 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of moderate to severe cases going undetected.

While snoring is an uncomfortable sign of sleep apnea, the more significant issue is a lack of oxygen due to a constricted airway. Sleep apnea patients may endure ten-second or more significant pauses in breathing, which can occur hundreds of times every night.

The most traditional form of treatment for sleep apnea is using a CPAP machine that utilizes air pressure to keep your airway open during sleep. Although these machines are popular, some complain, saying they are too bulky and uncomfortable. 

Our dental office in San Jose has an oral appliance treatment option for our patients who prefer not to use the CPAP machine. Like a sports mouthguard, the oral appliances either shift the lower jaw forward or move the tongue away from the airway. These oral appliances are small, comfortable, and have no maintenance. In some cases, it might be suggested for a patient to use both the CPAP machine and the oral appliance to receive adequate sleep. 

Risk to Long-term Health 

Many patients who suffer from sleep apnea always have the same question, “what are the risks sleep apnea has on my long-term health?” When it comes to your general health, restful sleep is essential. Without quality sleep, it can be challenging to function throughout the day and could lead to the following systemic health issues: 

  • Stroke 
  • Diabetes 
  • Heart attack 
  • Kidney disease 
  • High blood pressure 

To maintain your health, it is necessary to get restful sleep every night. Additionally, this will make you feel better throughout the day. If this isn’t occurring due to sleep apnea, we recommend that you come into our office and receive sleep apnea treatment in San Jose, California. Of course, we at Almadensmiles are focused on your oral health, but we also care about your systemic well-being. 

Please give us a call if you have started to see any signs or symptoms of sleep apnea in yourself or your partner. Help is only a phone call away.