Many people go to bed at an early hour, only to be baffled when they feel exhausted the next day. Others experience morning headaches, earaches, or issues with memory and concentration. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This potentially dangerous condition is also characterized by chronic snoring, and while many patients (and their bed partners) consider it just an annoying habit, serious problems can occur if it’s left undiagnosed for too long. At the office of Dr. Scott Grivas, our personalized oral appliances can minimize frustrating symptoms and help you finally get the good night’s rest you deserve.
What is sleep apnea?
During sleep, your airway needs to remain clear of obstruction so that you can breathe easily. Snoring and sleep apnea occur when this crucial area is narrowed or even closed off entirely, causing your breathing to stop for short periods of time during sleep. When breathing stops, oxygen isn’t able to reach the rest of your body. This causes your brain to send out an emergency signal for you to wake up, so that you can readjust and clear your airway. While this brief rousing usually only lasts seconds, these pauses can happen up to hundreds of times every night, which heavily disrupts your deep sleep.
While you might not think of turning to a dentist when dealing with sleep apnea, our Sacramento, CA, practice can offer the support and skilled, comfortable care you need during this trying time. Once you’ve been positively diagnosed by your general doctor or a sleep specialist, we can create a customized oral appliance that’s been designed to fit comfortably within your mouth. This oral appliance will hold your jaw in a position that keeps your airway clear, allowing you to breathe deeply and easily throughout the night.
Don’t hesitate to contact the office of Dr. Scott Grivas today if you have any questions about sleep apnea treatment, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment. Our Sacramento practice loves welcoming families and patients of all ages, and we’re dedicated to providing sophisticated, comprehensive services that leave the patient feeling safe and at ease. We also serve the areas of West Sacramento, Florin, La Riviera, Rosemont, and beyond.