Sleep Apnea Treatment in
San Ramon, CA
Bigman Orthodontics provides sleep apnea services in San Ramon, CA. Call 925-735-1515 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can cause your breathing to become more shallow or even stop altogether when you’re asleep. Each time this occurs, your body shifts from deep, restorative sleep to a lighter sleep. The result is that no matter how much rest you get every night, you always feel tired. This can begin to impact your quality of life, making it difficult to concentrate, perform well on the job, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
While severe sleep apnea often requires a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or surgical treatment, we can provide you with a custom-fitted mouthpiece to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. In addition to making lifestyle changes like losing weight and quitting smoking, wearing your mouthpiece each night can help alleviate your sleep apnea by repositioning the jaw to unblock your airway and keep it unobstructed while you sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose because many people are unaware that breathing issues are disrupting their sleep. Some signs that you may be suffering from sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, waking up gasping for air, morning headaches or sore throat, and trouble focusing at school or work.
What happens with untreated sleep apnea?
Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a number of serious health issues, including high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. It also causes problems with memory, weight gain, impotence, mood disorders, and headaches.
How can I treat sleep apnea at home without CPAP?
While CPAP is an effective treatment for sleep apnea, it’s not the only solution. When sleep apnea is mild to moderate, a custom mouthpiece may be all that is needed to help you find relief. These mouthpieces are more comfortable and affordable than CPAP machines; rather than forcing your airway open with air pressure, a mouthpiece repositions the lower jaw in a way that prevents the soft tissues in your throat from obstructing your breathing when you sleep. Even in severe cases if you are CPAP intolerant a sleep appliance can help.
How can I fix sleep apnea naturally?
Weight loss and limiting tobacco and alcohol use are the best natural ways to remedy sleep apnea, but with weight loss in particular, it can take time to see results. In the meantime, a sleep apnea mouthpiece can help you get a good night’s rest. A visit to our office can determine if your oral skeletal alignment is contributing to the apnea.
Does sleep apnea cause weight gain?
Sleep apnea can both contribute to weight gain and be caused by weight gain, creating a vicious circle. Apnea can affect your hunger hormones throwing them out of balance. Treating sleep apnea with a nighttime mouthpiece can help break the cycle and improve your health.
Call 925-735-1515 to schedule your appointment.