Get the Much-Needed Restful Sleep You’ve Been Missing
It’s difficult to imagine just how awful chronic sleep issues can make you feel unless you’ve been through it yourself. Sleep deprivation alone comes with a host of issues, and being your own advocate as you seek out a solution is also exhausting. If you’re searching for the right sleep apnea treatment in Berkeley or the San Francisco Bay area, sleep expert and dentist Dr. Anthony Dailley is here to help.
Dr. Dailley and the rest of our team at Dailley Dental Care provide a gentle, compassionate approach to our care. We understand that seeking out sleep apnea treatment can be nerve-wracking, and we’ll always do our best to help you get the restful sleep you deserve.
About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that interferes with breathing, waking you up repeatedly throughout the night. Sleep apnea causes your throat muscles to collapse and block your airway, jolting you awake every time your oxygen flow is cut off. This pattern can repeat as often as 30 times per hour, preventing you from getting the quality rest you need.
An estimated 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea, making it one of the most common sleep disorders. Children can also be affected, although it isn’t as common. Despite how frequent it is, living with sleep apnea can feel incredibly isolating. Your loved ones may not understand why you’re always tired or feeling irritable, and your bed partner may even be annoyed by your excessive snoring. Luckily, sleep apnea treatment is available, and there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent or keep your symptoms from worsening.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnea can manifest in different ways, but there are some common symptoms. If you notice any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with a qualified sleep dentist like Dr. Dailley right away:
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Gasping or choking sounds while you sleep
- Daytime fatigue/lack of energy
- Short attention span or memory problems
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Headaches when you wake up in the morning
- Mood swings or feeling irritable more often than usual
- Decreased libido
If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to other health problems, including diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, and stroke. If you’ve been experiencing sleep problems, please contact our Berkeley office right away.
Testing for Sleep Apnea
The only way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep test, either in a professionally-monitored setting or using a take-home device. After receiving your results, you can visit a qualified sleep doctor who will evaluate your results and provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
When diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor will probably recommend a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask. Worn while you sleep, this device pumps a continuous stream of pressurized air into your lungs, keeping your airway open overnight.
Though CPAP has shown to be effective when used properly, long-term compliance rates are low. Many patients complain that the machine is too bulky and loud, while the mask is uncomfortable to sleep with. It’s also extremely inconvenient to travel with.
At Dailley Dental Care, we want our patients to be comfortable while they get the care they need. As an alternative to CPAP, Dr. Dailley can provide you with a customized mandibular advancement device (MAD). Small, comfortable, and convenient, these oral appliances subtly shift your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open while you sleep, allowing you to breathe without interruption.
In addition, Dr. Dailley will likely recommend some lifestyle changes to manage your symptoms, such as:
- Maintaining a regular sleep schedule
- Eating a healthier diet
- Exercising more frequently
- Quitting smoking if you haven’t already
- Cutting back on alcohol if it is interfering with your sleep
With our sleep apnea treatment options and a few lifestyle changes, you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Visit Dailey Dental Care for Sleep Apnea Treatment
Don’t let sleep apnea keep you from getting the rest you need. If you have or suspect you have sleep apnea, it’s essential to get treatment as soon as you can. When you visit Dr. Dailley, he’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that caters to your specific needs. No matter the severity of your sleep apnea, we’ll work to find the solution best for you.
Taking the first step to a better night’s sleep starts with a simple consultation. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dailley, contact our practice in Berkeley at (510) 848-0114.