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What Symptoms Are Associated with Sleep Apnea?

In a perfect world, everyone would get a good night’s sleep every night. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If you snore loudly, wake up short of breath, or face daytime exhaustion, you’re not alone. You may be living with sleep apnea. The other fact is that most of the patients don’t even know that they or their loved ones or children even have sleep apnea.

While sleep apnea can interfere with your quality of life, there is a solution. Dr. Amin Samadian is pleased to offer sleep apnea treatment in his office. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms of sleep apnea and how you can resolve it.

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Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea varies from patient to patient. However, the most common ones include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes where you stop breathing during your sleep (Your partner or someone else may report this!)
  • Gasping for air while you’re sleeping
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Challenges paying attention while awake

These symptoms are usually seen in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form that arises when throat muscles or other muscles that are responsible to keep the airway open relax too much. You are at a higher risk for this condition and these symptoms if you’re overweight, have a thicker neck, are male, have a history of sleep apnea, smoke, and/or suffer from nasal congestion. But a lot of times none of these symptoms are present in patients who have sleep apnea and even children might have it without knowing, so it’s definitely important to get screened.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

More severe sleep apnea is currently treated with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP machine. Here’s how it works: It increases air pressure in our throat so that your airway doesn’t collapse every time you inhale. While a CPAP machine can help your sleep apnea, you may find it to be bulky, loud, and uncomfortable. 

If you have not been screened for sleep apnea, doctor Samadian will prescribe you a at home sleep study after taking a 3D cone beam CT scan of your airway at his office. After the sleep study is done (which means that you will take a device home and will attach some sensors to your face and neck which will record how many episodes you have stopped breathing throughout the night and generates a report based on that), Dr. Samadian will work closely with your primary physician and ENT (ear nose throat) doctor to come to a solid understanding of what option is best for you in terms of using a CPAP machine or an Oral appliance. 

After working closely with your primary physician or ENT doctor, if you qualify, Dr. Samadian will use an oral appliance instead of a CPAP machine in mild to moderate cases. An oral appliance works to move your jaw forward and keep your airway open while you sleep. It also prevents your tongue from falling back which also obstructs the airway. 

Since you are a unique individual (and so is your case of sleep apnea), Dr. Samadian will design a custom appliance based on a digital scan of your mouth. You’ll find the appliance to be less restrictive and easier to use and transport than a CPAP machine. 

As mentioned before In the event you have a more serious case of sleep apnea, working closely with your medical team, Dr. Samadian may recommend a CPAP machine. Both CPAP and oral appliances are most of the times covered by your medical insurance. 

What Our Patients Say About Us

*Individual Results May Vary

EVA'S STORY

I could not recommend Dr. Samadian more – AND all of his staff, at that! No longer will I mind or be afraid of going to the dentist.

BILL'S STORY

Very informative, patient and sensitive to your needs. Very focused, and desires to ensure it’s done properly the first time.

Take the Next Step

If you believe you have sleep apnea or are interested in sleep apnea treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amin Samadian in Orinda, CA today. You can count on him to help you make an informed decision. Call us at (925-254-2360) or fill out our convenient online contact form.

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