Have you been known to snore and are prone to still feeling tired after waking up in the mornings? If so, you may be affected by a condition known as sleep apnea. This condition occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked while sleeping from the soft tissues in the throat. This will cause your breathing to be halted and restrict oxygen from getting to your brain. Sleep apnea is commonly underdiagnosed because most people who are affected never even know it since the symptoms occur while they sleep. If sleep apnea is not caught and addressed, health complications such as heart attacks, diabetes and cognitive disorders can occur. At Green Dentistry, we work with local sleep clinics to help patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are looking for a holistic solution that will improve their health, lifestyle and quality of rest.
Those diagnosed with sleep apnea can receive minimally invasive oral appliance therapy to reposition the jaw and open the airway while sleeping.
Dr. Nammy Patel understands how a good night’s rest can affect your overall health, and has a minimally invasive and holistic approach to sleep apnea. As an alternative to invasive surgery or bulky, noisy CPAP machines, Dr. Patel can fit you with a comfortable oral appliance that will readjust your jaw to treat sleep apnea. These oral appliances are custom fit to your mouth so they are comfortable to wear and specifically address your oral needs. An oral appliance gently readjusts the position of your lower jaw to move the soft tissues away from the airway and allow for natural breathing at night. There is no uncomfortable CPAP mask you have to wear and your bed partner will not be bothered by machinery sounds—or your snoring!
With our holistic approach to sleep apnea in San Francisco, CA, you will be able to enjoy a restful night and know that you are receiving all the oxygen your body and brain need for proper function. You will feel rested and alert during the day and will be safer in both your everyday activities and prevent more serious health complications for developing. If you or a partner has been experiencing any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, or if you have been referred to Dr. Patel from a sleep clinic, scheduling an in-depth consultation is the first step towards the path of a more restful sleep and healthy lifestyle.