Sleep Apnea Specialist

We Care Dental

Chona S. Lardizabal, DDS

General Dentist located in Dublin, CA

Snoring loudly enough to wake yourself or having trouble staying awake during the day could be signs of a disorder called sleep apnea. Dr. Chona S. Lardizabal -- a caring and compassionate dentist and founder of We Care Dental -- offers in-home sleep studies, as well as in-office sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. If you live in the Dublin, California, area and are concerned about snoring or sleeplessness, contact Dr. Lardizabal for a sleep study and sleep-apnea evaluation. Call the knowledgeable We Care Dental staff or use the online form to book a sleep apnea consultation.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that causes interrupted breathing while you sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes and blocks air from passing through
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA): your brain doesn't send the right signals to the muscles that control your breathing

Most people diagnosed with sleep apnea have a combination of both OSA and CSA.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most common symptom associated with sleep apnea is excessive daytime sleepiness. Additional symptoms include:

  • Restless sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, mood or behavior changes, anxiety, or depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Dry mouth, sore throat, and headache upon waking

Sleep apnea is more prevalent in men and tends to run in families. Being overweight with high blood pressure also increases your likelihood of developing sleep apnea. Additionally, facial abnormalities further your risk of getting sleep apnea. These include:

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Low-hanging soft palate
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Small jaw with an overbite

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

There are two ways Dr. Lardizabal diagnoses sleep apnea. Both include an overnight sleep evaluation.

Polysomnogram (PSG)

While you sleep in a laboratory, a trained technologist monitors your body functions, including:

  • Electrical activity in your brain
  • Eye movements
  • Muscle activity
  • Heart rate
  • Breathing patterns, air flow, and blood oxygen levels

Home Sleep Test (HST)

This test is self-administered in the comfort of your own home. It records your body functions, including:

  • Airflow
  • Breathing effort
  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Snoring

Evaluation is critical because if left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk for both strokes and mini-strokes, as well as irregular heartbeat, coronary heart disease, heart failure, heart attack, and high blood pressure.

How is sleep apnea treated?

There's no cure for sleep apnea. However, treatment helps reduce your risk of heart and blood pressure problems.

Your course of treatment depends on the severity of your sleep apnea and your medical history. Most often, Dr. Lardizabal  begins with lifestyle changes including:

  • Avoiding alcohol, sedatives, and muscle relaxants
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking

Oral appliances help keep your airway open while you sleep. Positive airway pressure (PAP) devices hold your airway open through the use of air pressure introduced through a nose mask or similar device.

For diagnosis and management of your sleep apnea, call Dr. Lardizabal or make an appointment online today with We Care Dental.