Sleep Apnea Specialist

Golden Valley Smiles

Dentistry located in Fresno, CA & Clovis, CA

It’s estimated that about 22 million Americans are living with sleep apnea. Left unmanaged, sleep apnea can prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep while increasing your risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. At Golden Valley Smiles in Fresno and Clovis, California, expert dentist Kaveh Karimi, DDS, and the team regularly work with their patients to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of sleep apnea. To request your sleep apnea consultation today, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing several times during sleep. Without proper treatment, sleep apnea may lead to other, more serious health problems including heart disease. 

Sleep apnea can also negatively impact your life leaving you feeling groggy, irritable, and overwhelmingly tired. If you’re experiencing these or other symptoms, make an appointment with the team at Golden Valley Smiles as soon as possible. 

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

There are three different types of sleep apnea and each presents different symptoms. 

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax during sleep. Ultimately, this causes them to sag, blocking airflow. When you’re unable to breathe, you wake up gasping for air.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to send the proper signals to your respiratory system. This also causes you to stop breathing during sleep, resulting in shortness of breath and trouble reaching rapid eye movement or REM sleep. 

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea is the rarest type of sleep apnea and combines elements of both OSA and central sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The symptoms of sleep apnea vary depending on the severity of the condition. That said, telltale signs include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Experiencing morning headaches
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Irritability

If you have sleep apnea, you might also experience excessive daytime sleepiness, especially in the afternoons. 

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Only a medical doctor can diagnose sleep apnea. If the team at Golden Valley Smiles suspects you have sleep apnea, they can refer you to a local physician in the area for a sleep study or other types of testing. Following a diagnosis, the team can work with you to develop a treatment plan. 

How is sleep apnea treated?

At Golden Valley Smiles, the team uses custom oral appliances to treat sleep apnea. A custom oral appliance is similar to a mouthguard you’d wear to stop you from grinding your teeth. 

The only difference is that a custom appliance for sleep apnea pushes your bottom jaw forward. This allows for improved airflow and a better night’s sleep.

To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, make an appointment with the team at Golden Valley Smiles today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.