Sleep Apnea

William M. Schneider, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

William M. Schneider, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Walnut Creek, CA

Sleep apnea affects over 20 million Americans every year. William M. Schneider, DDS, in Walnut Creek, Northern California, has 20 years of demonstrated experience working with men and women struggling with sleep apnea. Dr. Schneider is committed to finding effective and long-lasting solutions to the uncomfortable and at times dangerous symptoms of this condition. To learn more about what Dr. Schneider can do for your sleep apnea, get in touch by phone or online today to book an appointment.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea refers to a condition in which there’s a continuous blockage in your upper airway during your sleep.

Blockages of your upper airway expose you to total respiratory failure. In fact, in most cases, you might stop breathing spontaneously throughout the night and wake up dehydrated and potentially with a sore throat.  

The longer you leave your sleep apnea untreated, the more likely it is that you’ll develop conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and more.

What are the different kinds of sleep apnea?

While sleep apnea has overarching symptoms, there are three different types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when your throat is too relaxed and collapses or when your tongue completely blocks the airway in your throat. OSA causes you to have difficulty breathing.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the medulla — the area of the brain that regulates swallowing, heart rate, and breathing — malfunctions. With CSA, you might stop breathing entirely during the night.

Mixed sleep apnea

Mixed sleep apnea occurs when you experience a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea requires immediate medical attention.

Dr. Schneider assesses your symptoms and determines exactly what type of sleep apnea you’re struggling with before recommending treatment.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The symptoms of sleep apnea vary according to each person’s health. The below list might vary in intensity from person to person:

  • Insomnia
  • Noisy snoring
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Snorting/choking sounds while you sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Irregular sleeping pattern
  • Extreme drowsiness

It’s essential that you get in touch with Dr. Schneider if you’ve experienced any of the above.

What is the treatment for sleep apnea?

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is an oral device that you place over your mouth during the night to keep your airways open and clear. These are called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. Dr. Schneider has 20 years of experience manufacturing appliances for his patients.

Your doctor might also recommend some lifestyle changes to help you limit the amount of pressure you place on your airways. This can include quitting smoking or changing your diet.

While sleep apnea can at first sound like harmless snoring, you might be at risk of total respiratory failure. Get in touch with Dr. Schneider today by phone or online.