Help for Sleep Apnea in Fairfield, CA
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses often cause the sleeper to awaken suddenly, interfering with a good night’s rest. However, sleep apnea is not merely annoying – it can also be dangerous. Sleep apnea may contribute to cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Over 22 million Americans, many of them children, suffer from sleep apnea. OSA is often caused by a collapse or partial collapse of the oropharynx, the portion of the throat located behind the mouth. Treatment traditionally consists of using a machine during sleep to force the airway open with a stream of air. However, this method can be uncomfortable for many patients and does not address the root of the problem.
We offer a number of treatment options at GV Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to help improve the airway as well as sleep issues in both children and adults. These measures include Sleep Oral Appliances, Orthotropics, Reopening Extraction Spaces, Airway Orthodontics, and more. Our team can provide you or your children with a professional assessment and help in improving sleep apnea. If you notice snoring, choking, gasping, or breathing with an open mouth during sleep, call us at (707) 864-1055 as these are all possible signs of sleep apnea.