Sleep Apnea Treatment in Cupertino, CA

Do you wake up with headaches or a sore throat? Do you always feel tired even after a full night’s sleep? These are may be symptoms of sleep apnea, a common yet serious sleep disorder. Estimates indicate that up to 12 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. Dr. Randall LaFrom, your Cupertino cosmetic and family dentist, shares some important information on sleep apnea, its symptoms, and treatment options.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea involves the cessation of breathing during sleep. A patient with sleep apnea will cease breathing multiple times throughout the night. This occurs when soft oral tissues block air passage ways. Periods of breathing cessation can last up to a minute and a half. When the sleeper stops breathing, the brain sends signals that wake the body to resume the normal breathing cycle. Waking up hundreds of times throughout the night prevents patients from receiving the rest they need.

Who is at risk for sleep apnea?

Men and women of all ethnic backgrounds may develop sleep apnea; however, middle-aged overweight men are more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea than other demographics. Patients with large necks and bulky throat tissues are also at risk. Certain medications, alcohol, and smoking also contribute to sleep apnea. If you have a long soft palate that extends farther than average down the back of your throat, or still have your tonsils, you could be at a higher risk for sleep apnea as well.

What symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common sleep apnea symptoms include persistent fatigue even after a full night’s rest, excessive or loud snoring, dry or sore throat, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. Essentially, sleep apnea sufferers are sleep deprived and typically exhibit sleep deprivation symptoms. The official diagnosis of sleep apnea is often done using and instrument that you take home and monitor your heart, lung and brain activity and records your sleep patterns overnight. The test is called a polysomnogram.

How is sleep apnea treated?

After a patient has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, minimally invasive treatments are often used. These treatments involve CPAP masks or a variety of comfortable oral appliances which prevent the soft oral tissues from collapsing into air passageways. Dr. LaFrom treats many sleep apnea patients with comfortable and conservative methods.

If you believe you have sleep apnea, contact our Cupertino dentist office at (408) 996-8595 to schedule an appointment with our sleep apnea dentist. We serve patients from Campbell, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Cupertino, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on May 2, 2012.

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