Sleep Apnea in San Francisco

Chronic fatigue, difficulty focusing, or nodding off during the day can be signs of a condition called sleep apnea. At San Francisco Dental Care, we can help you with these conditions.

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Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Over twenty million people suffer from sleep apnea, a serious disease resulting in decreased quality of life and many long-term health problems. We are dedicated to treating your sleep apnea in San Francisco with the most effective treatment options available.

Apnea refers to the temporary cessation of breathing. Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing for a short time during your sleep. Each time this occurs, your blood oxygen levels drop. To resume breathing, the body’s nervous system triggers a stress response that momentarily jolts you awake. This can happen dozens to hundreds of times a night without the sleep apnea sufferer’s recall the next morning.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Unfortunately, the ongoing release of stress hormones and interrupted rest destroys the restorative benefits of sleep and can encourage serious ills like type two diabetes and an increased risk of cancer.

Many believe they are sleeping soundly through the night, with no awareness of the severity of their condition. Here are some of the noticeable effects of sleep apnea:

  • Sudden, unexplained awakenings during the night
  • Waking up in the morning with a sore throat or headache
  • Decreased visual acuity
  • Poor memory or inability to focus
  • An ongoing sense of listlessness, irritability, or depression
  • Nodding off while sitting or driving
  • Poor performance at work or school

What can be done about sleep apnea?

Fortunately, there are solutions to the struggles of sleep apnea. We can work with you one-on-one to come up with the best treatment plan for you. In some cases, simple lifestyle changes may be all that’s required.

In more serious cases, we offer a number of options for the treatment of sleep apnea in San Francisco, including CPAP therapy (a bedside air pump and facemask that delivers pressurized air to the sleeper), oral appliance therapy, and more. In conjunction with your physician and a team of sleep medicine professionals, we’ll help restore your sleep and your life. Contact our office today to set up a consultation.

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