Sleep Apnea

Smile Plant

General Dentists located in Santa Clara, CA

Over 8 million adults in the United States have sleep apnea. If you’re dealing with sleep apnea, dentist Joseph Kim, DDS, and the qualified dental professionals of Smile Plant in Santa Clara, California, have solutions. Smile Plant offers patient education, intraoral devices and nightguards, and more to help you gain better control over your condition. You deserve refreshing sleep that can enhance your quality of life. Call Smile Plant or use the convenient online scheduling tool.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a health condition where your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during your sleep. Sleep apnea can prevent you from reaching the deeper and more beneficial stages of your sleep cycle.

If you don’t have sufficient air supply, it can decrease the amount of oxygen present in your blood. Your brain quickly wakes you from your sleep so you can open your airway.

Different types of sleep apnea can affect people of all ages.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea involves the temporary relaxation of your throat muscles, like your soft palate and tongue. This closes or narrows your airway and negatively affects your breathing. The sleep disruptions typically happen at least five to 30 times every hour and you might not even know it.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea refers to the improper communication between the muscles that control your breathing and your brain.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

If you have both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, it’s called complex sleep apnea syndrome.

What causes sleep apnea?

It isn’t always clear what causes sleep apnea and various factors might play a role, such as:

  • A narrowed airway
  • Sedatives and alcohol
  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Nasal congestion and allergies
  • Smoking

Sleep apnea happens more commonly in men.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

The Smile Plant dental professionals work closely with your physicians and sleep specialists to treat snoring and sleep apnea. You’ll need to have a diagnosis from a sleep center so a Smile Plant dentist can work with you and your insurance to give you the most beneficial personalized treatment for sleep apnea.

During your visit to Smile Plant, you have a complete clinical evaluation that involves a thorough examination of your teeth, tongue, jaw, and airway, and any additional necessary testing, such as digital X-rays.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Smile Plant provides several treatments to help manage sleep apnea, including effective intraoral devices and patient education to help you improve your lifestyle.  Most intraoral devices fit into your mouth like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and support your jaw in a forward position to help you maintain an open upper airway.

Your Smile Plant dentist customizes your intraoral device using digital or physical impressions or models of your teeth. The models are typically sent to a special dental lab, where a highly qualified lab technician constructs your appliance. You return to Smile Plant for your fitting and you’ll need follow-up visits to determine how your treatment is working.

Don’t stay stuck for solutions for sleep apnea when the friendly team at Smile Plant is here to help. Click online or call to book.