Sleep Apnea Specialist

Smile Country Dental

Dentistry located in Santa Rosa, CA & Napa, CA

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes your breathing to start and stop repeatedly while you are asleep, resulting in inconsistent sleep patterns and fatigue throughout the day. If you experience sleep apnea, the team at Smile Country Dental, located in Santa Rosa and Napa, California, offers several treatment options. To receive an initial consultation, call or use the online booking tool today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you are asleep. Each time this occurs, the brain wakes you up to remind you to start breathing again. 

Although there are multiple kinds of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the condition. OSA occurs when the muscles in your throat relax, your tongue sticks to the back of your throat, and your airways are blocked during sleep. Symptoms of OSA include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Fatigue throughout the day
  • Using the bathroom more than twice during the night
  • Night sweats
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Weight gain 
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Leg twitching at night
  • Mood changes
  • Increased neck size 
  • Gasping or choking throughout the night

Obstructive sleep apnea affects 13-17% of adults in the United States. 

How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?

The team at Smile Country Dental will assess your symptoms and provide you with a sleep testing monitor to take home and wear overnight. The sleep monitor collects your data. The team then sends the data electronically to a sleep medicine specialist. 

Obstructive sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a board-certified medical doctor in sleep medicine. The physician reviews the data collected with the sleep monitoring test and determines whether you have OSA.

They also use the data to assess the severity of your condition and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.  

What treatments are available for obstructive sleep apnea?

There is a range of dental, medical, and surgical treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea. Smile Country Dental offers multiple treatment options. 

The MosesĀ® Appliance 

The Moses Appliance is specially fitted by our team for each patient. It works by moving your tongue and lower jaw forward while you sleep. This motion provides the space needed to open your airways and enable you to sleep uninterrupted. The appliance is proven to reduce snoring.

Snoring Appliance

A snoring appliance is made from sterile plastic and resembles a traditional athletic mouthguard. It is custom fit to your teeth to ensure that your upper and lower jaw are kept in place when your mouth relaxes during sleep, keeping your airways open. 

Call or use the online booking tool if you experience obstructive sleep apnea and would like to learn more about the treatments available at Smile Country Dental.