Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. This leads to an imbalance of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the bloodstream and causes the patient to struggle to breathe. Sleep apnea normally manifests itself in loud snoring or choking noises. Because this occurs during sleep, patients are often unaware they have a sleep disorder and remain undiagnosed. However, these are a few of the symptoms that may suggest you need sleep apnea treatment in Alameda, California:
- Early morning headaches, often severe
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
At California Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Knoll, our skilled oral surgeon, is able to investigate, diagnose, and treat sleep apnea. There are multiple treatments available to suit your individual needs. Custom-made dental devices used to reposition the jaw during sleep are common; they also prevent the tongue from blocking your airway. Sleep apnea devices such as these are a gentle, easy-to-wear option. However, a more permanent solution may be necessary in the form of surgery to correct the lower jaw. If you believe you may suffer from sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact our office for more information. We are happy to answer your questions and start you on the road to a better, and safer, night’s sleep.