Do you frequently feel tired and drowsy during the day even if you think you’ve slept well the night before? If yes, you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea – a condition that affects more than 12 million Americans. This medical issue can be treated by simple dental solutions that we provide at our dental clinic in Fresno, CA.

Loud snoring is a very common symptom of sleep apnea. You snore when the flow of air through your nose and mouth is physically restricted. It can cause severe health problems. However, if you snore it does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea.

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What Is Sleep Apnea?

It is a condition where your breathing stops several times when you are asleep. These non-breathing periods can be as short as ten seconds and can last for as long as two minutes. During these periods, the airflow is interrupted and the level of oxygen in your brain drops. This temporarily wakes you up. Most people don’t remember waking up and feel that they have had a good sleep, when in reality it is not the case. This constant wake-sleep cycle makes you drowsy and you feel tired during the day. Without proper sleep, your physical and mental well-being suffers. If left untreated for long, sleep apnea may increase the risk of some serious medical conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.

Common Symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • Acid reflux
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Shortness of breath during sleep
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Snorting sounds that indicate breathlessness
  • Fatigue throughout the day

For some people diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance may be recommended. Here are the solutions we provide:

  • Oral Appliance Therapy - This therapy is highly effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea. It supports the jaw in the forward position to maintain an open upper airway. You are required to wear an oral appliance when you sleep. This device is custom-designed for you and it fits like a mouth guard. It is comfortable to wear and you can easily maintain it.
  • Snoring Prevention Device - You may also be prescribed a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), an effective snoring prevention device. MAD is specially designed to keep the lower jaw in forward position so as to increase the space between the airway passages. This helps you breathe easily. MAD appliances are the most commonly recommended form of oral appliances. 
If you are looking for effective and affordable sleep apnea and snoring solutions in Fresno, CA, contact us today. Call on (559) 432-4580 to schedule your first consultation or visit us at our clinic.