Sleep Apnea Specialist

Valle Smiles

Dentistry located in Fairfield, CA

About 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea today. If you’re enduring obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you might snore loudly, feel tired during the day, and have headaches or dry mouth when you wake up. Sometimes, the problems can go much deeper. Untreated OSA can lead to hypertension, heart failure, stroke, or even death. If you’ve got OSA, the Valle Smiles team has good news: Their Fairfield, California, team of experts specializes in oral appliances that can relieve your symptoms and help you stay healthy. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment now.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is OSA?

OSA is a sleep disorder in which you quit breathing for periods of 10-30 seconds many times during the night. OSA sufferers may have as many as 400 episodes every night. It's not unusual to be unaware of these sleep interruptions because they're so brief, and you don’t have to wake up fully to start breathing again. 

If you have potential OSA symptoms like persistent snoring, it's important to get tested promptly. Untreated OSA can lead to hypertension, heart disease, and stroke, among other serious health issues.

What are the symptoms of OSA?

Often, snoring is the most common symptom. All OSA sufferers snore, so your partner or others in your home might tell you that you frequently gasp for air or snore loudly. Other OSA symptoms include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficult-to-control hypertension
  • Sore throat upon awakening
  • Dry mouth upon awakening
  • Morning headaches
  • Twitchy-feeling legs at nighttime

If you're obese or have a collar size exceeding 16 inches for women or 17 inches for men, your risk for OSA is increased.

How is OSA diagnosed?

Only a board-certified sleep medicine medical doctor can diagnose OSA. Valle Smiles makes this process convenient by offering take-home sleep testing monitors. You wear the sleep monitor to bed, and then bring your testing unit back to Valle Smiles. 

The Valle Smiles team sends the data from your device directly to a board-certified sleep physician. Then, the sleep physician can make an OSA diagnosis and recommend optimal treatment strategies. The physician may recommend dental appliances, medical treatment, or surgical treatment. 

What is an OSA oral appliance?

An OSA oral appliance is a custom-made mouth guard that sits comfortably on your teeth to shift your jaw forward while you sleep. This compact device can keep your airway open as you sleep, which prevents breathing interruptions. With consistent wear, your OSA oral appliance can reduce or even eliminate snoring and the other issues associated with OSA. 

Many patients find an OSA oral appliance easier to use, more comfortable, and more convenient than the other common treatment option, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. 

The CPAP machine has a large mask that you wear all night, and it's very common for patients to skip using it because it's so uncomfortable. This leaves sleep apnea untreated and greatly raises health risks. Overall, an oral appliance is easier and more effective for many patients today. 

Get OSA help by calling Valle Smiles or using online booking now.