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 is a severe disorder that causes interrupted breathing while you sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:
Most people diagnosed with sleep apnea have a combination of both OSA and CSA.
The most common symptom associated with sleep apnea is excessive daytime sleepiness. Additional symptoms include:
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:
There are two ways Dr. Lardizabal diagnoses sleep apnea. Both include an overnight sleep evaluation.
While you sleep in a laboratory, a trained technologist monitors your body functions, including:
This test is self-administered in the comfort of your own home. It records your body functions, including:
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.
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:
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.