Are you looking for a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea treatment in Modesto, CA? Look no further than Dr. Openshaw!

Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing often is blocked or partly blocked during sleep. It can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on the number of times each hour that breathing stops (apnea) or slows (hypopnea). 

If you have sleep apnea in Modesto, CA, you should be aware of the two major types: 

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – which is the result of blocked airflow during sleep, such as from narrowed airways. Other things, such as obesity, often contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is very common. Left untreated people with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality. 

Central sleep apnea – which results from a problem with how the brain signals the breathing muscles. This type of apnea can occur with conditions such as heart failure, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke. A child or adult who has sleep apnea may snore loudly and have restless sleep with difficulty breathing. He or she may wake up with a headache. Or the person may be very tired throughout the day. 

Sleep apnea may improve with changes in sleep habits, such as not sleeping on your back. Sleep apnea is usually treated first with a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) device that improves breathing during sleep. Sometimes other devices are used to help breathing during sleep, and sometimes surgery may help. 

For more information about sleep apnea treatment in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Causes

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue is stuck against the back of the throat blocking the upper airway causing air flow to stop. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very common chronic disorder that may create respiratory or cardiovascular complications if left untreated.

Signs that you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea are:
– Snore loudly.
– Gasp for air or pause breathing during sleep.
– Feel sleepy during the day and sometimes fall asleep at inappropriate times.
– Wake up more than 2 times a night to use the bathroom.
– If you are more than 30 pounds over weight with a large neck size.


Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance

A snore guard is an oral appliance that resembles an athletic mouthpiece. Small and flexible, it has no moving parts, masks, hoses, or batteries. Generally made from sterile plastic it is easy to clean with a regular toothbrush. Custom fit by a dentist in one simple, painless visit. Fit to the patient’s teeth to keep the upper and lower jaw in position when the jaw and throat muscles relax during sleep. This keeps the airway open providing restful, quiet sleep.