Those with sleep apnea do not benefit from a full night’s rest. The shortness of breath common with this condition can lead to waking up in the middle of the night and leave you irritable during the day. This can also affect your attention span, as we need rest in order to focus on everyday tasks. Chronic fatigue, insomnia, and excessive drowsiness can impact daily tasks and well-being.
To determine whether you are experiencing sleep apnea, a sleep study is scheduled so symptoms can be logged by a medical professional. If you are diagnosed with the condition, we recommend effective treatments that help restore comfortable sleep and clear-headed daytime function.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Fat takes a series of intraoral pictures, which help us accurately assess the health of your dental anatomy. We need an accurate idea of all the factors in play – namely the state of existing restorations, decay, and gum recession. Dr. Fat then takes impressions, which allow us to see any airway compression. Before referring you to a specialist for the sleep study, Dr. Fat asks you a series of questions to help in the referral process.
Improved Sleep Quality with Custom Appliances
Once the test results come back with a confirmation of obstructive sleep apnea, we use your impressions to create an oral appliance that opens your airway during sleep. Your oral appliance can also treat the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, as it repositions the jaw for ideal comfort and alignment. This night guard has become a popular alternative to the CPAP machine; CPAP equipment distributes air directly into passageways and can be hard for some patients to tolerate.
Having Trouble Sleeping? Schedule a Consultation!
A good night’s sleep is just as important to your health as a strong smile. At the office of Dr. Diana Fat, we offer sleep apnea treatment in Sacramento to correct uncomfortable symptoms of common sleep breathing disorders. If you believe you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, call our office today to schedule an appointment!