Sleep Apnea Treatment in San Jose

San Jose Dentist Dr. Heidari may be able to help with your sleep apnea condition!

Do you suffer from sleep apnea? It’s a surprisingly common condition says Dr. Heidari, with symptoms that include snoring, loss of sleep and headaches. While there are a few potential causes of sleep apnea, the treatment options can range from custom shaped dental devices for mild to moderate symptoms, to CPAP devices for the more extreme symptoms.

Dr. Heidari says the most common cause of sleep apnea is the narrowing of the airways during sleep, which can lead to a shortage of oxygen in the brain. This usually occurs when the muscles controlling the tongue relax, allowing it to fall toward the back of the throat and obstruct breathing. When the airway becomes obstructed, sufferers will often wake up, sometimes up to hundreds of times in a single night.

Even worse, people afflicted with sleep apnea are frequently stirred from deeper REM sleep without waking up completely. This creates the illusion of a full night’s sleep, without receiving any of the restful benefits of actual deep sleep. Sufferers often wake up completely exhausted with no understanding as to why. For this reason, sleep apnea is an unfortunately under-diagnosed medical condition, but is one that Dr. Heidari has dealt with on many occasions.

Here at Serenity Dental Group, we treat only the mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea and have had very good results with using a variety of custom fitted dental mouthpiece device.

If you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Heidari will custom fit a mouthpiece device so that you can achieve a full night’s sleep. These devices are custom shaped to your mouth and allow the jaw and tongue to align properly. This can prevent the airway restriction that disturbs sleep and causes the sensation of exhaustion. These devices may also prevent snoring, allowing both you and your partner to gain a full, restful night’s sleep.

You may wear your device comfortably throughout the night, and often only take one to two nights to get used to them. Dr. Heidari will create a custom-fitted device for you that minimizes discomfort and ensures the optimal alignment of the jaw and tongue.

With sleep apnea being largely undiagnosed, it is helpful to pay attention to some of the symptoms that may indicate that you are a sleep apnea sufferer. Waking up tired, being awaken suddenly by your own snoring, experiencing headaches and general fatigue are all common signs of the disorder.

With that, it is very important to have the device fitted by a dentist specializing in sleep apnea, and to visit that dentist periodically to adjust the mouthpiece and address any problems that may occur.

Contact us today to learn more:
If you are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, consult with our dentists here at Serenity Dental Group in San Jose to determine if one of our fitted devices is right for you. Call our San Jose dentists’ office at 408-999-0444 or email info@serenitydentistry.com. Be on your way toward better, more restful sleep!