Sleep Alpnea

Sleep Apnea in Manteca CA
Do you wake up after what you think was a restful night of sleep, only to experience exhaustion and trouble with concentration? Does your loved one claim that you snore or wake gasping for air in the middle of the night, but you have no memory of these events? If so, sleep apnea may be your culprit. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Damle can determine whether this treatable sleep disorder is affecting your life.

What Is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea. The form we deal with in dentistry is called obstructive sleep apnea. The other is a neurological disorder known as central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is common, but you may attribute your symptoms to other conditions.

The muscles in your throat usually support the surrounding soft tissues, which maintains open airways. However, with sleep apnea, the muscles relax too much while you sleep. The soft tissues collapse, and cut off your breathing. Your brain realizes it is not receiving adequate oxygen, and reacts by telling you body to wake up. You will wake suddenly, gasping for air, and quickly fall back asleep. Because this happens so quickly, you may not have any indication, unless the sound wakes your significant other.

What Are Common Symptoms?
Common symptoms associated with sleep apnea typically point to a night of sleep that is not as restful as you assume. In addition, if you are a snorer, this is often a red flag that sleep apnea may be your issue. During snoring, the muscles in your throat and soft palate partially relax and vibrate against one another, causing a loud sound that accompanies breathing. Consider common symptoms that may help you determine whether this sleep disorder may affect your rest:

  • Daily exhaustion, even after a seemingly full night of sleep
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dry mouth, a sore throat, or headache in the morning
  • Extremely loud snoring
  • Irritability

How Do You Treat It?
At Aura Family Dentistry, we can help address your sleep apnea problem. Dr. Damle will refer you to a hospital for surgery, rather than perform the operation at our practice. The procedure removes the excess tissue in your throat that blocks your air passages while you sleep. You will be placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will perform one of two surgeries, including:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): This surgery removes the extra hanging tissue that dangles into your throat – also called your uvula – as well as excessive tissue in your upper mouth and throat.
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement: This surgery moves your upper and lower jaws forward slightly to increase the space within your airway. Once your air passages are larger and remain open, air can pass successfully for a night of healthy breathing.

Schedule an Appointment!
At Aura Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive dental services alongside compassionate care. Whether you need general care, restorative services, or cosmetic improvements, we look forward to assisting you in reaching your smile goals. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Damle. Call or email our office located in Manteca, California. We are accepting new patients of all ages, including children, and proudly serve members of Manteca and surrounding communities.

Summary: Speak with Dr. Damle if you think you are achieving a full night of rest, but feel tired during the day, to determine whether you have sleep apnea, and to discuss treatment or surgery options.

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