While snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it isn’t always. Snoring is simply the sound that occurs when soft tissues in the mouth and throat vibrate during sleep. It can be harmless, or it can be a sign of a medical condition called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that endangers your health. It is caused by episodes of airway blockage and is accompanied by extremely loud snoring or gasping sounds. Your throat closes or relaxes preventing your body from getting the oxygen it needs.

Make an appointment with our Rohnert Park sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Sutton, if you have concerns about snoring or your sleep quality.

Warning Signs Of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea raises your risk of stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure. Fitful sleeping, daytime fatigue, and irritability are a few common symptoms of this condition. If you experience these symptoms or are known to be a loud snorer, it is very important to set up an appointment at Sonoma Smiles.

Dr. Sutton can help you understand your risk factors and get a proper diagnosis and treatment for this serious condition.

Who Is At Risk For Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common condition that can affect anyone, though men have twice the risk as women. About half the sufferers are overweight. And although the condition can happen at any age, the risk increases as you get older.

Other risk factors include having airways that are naturally narrow, a history of sinus troubles, or enlarged tonsils that can reduce airflow. In addition, the use of certain substances such as alcohol, sedatives, and medications can also compound the problem.

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How To Choose A Sleep Dentistry Team

As a dental sleep medicine practitioner, Dr. Sutton works closely with area sleep physicians to provide holistic care for our patients. You can seek us out directly or ask your physician for a referral. Because of his extensive training and membership in the American Academy for Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Sutton is one of the few experienced dentists in the Sonoma County area to offer this unique service. Contact our Rohnert Park sleep apnea dentist today for a consultation.

How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Dentists diagnose sleep apnea based on medical histories, a physical exam, and a sleep study. Dr. Sutton at Sonoma Smiles can help you find a reputable sleep specialist and can also work with you for some of the treatments.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

There are many ways to reduce snoring and treat sleep apnea. Lifestyle changes or treating underlying conditions such as losing weight, adjusting your sleeping position, or avoiding certain drugs and stimulants can improve these conditions.

But for moderate-to-serious sufferers of sleep apnea, it is important to find treatments that prevent the constriction of the airway, including the following:

  • Breathing devices may be recommended in moderate-to-severe cases. Referred to as continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machines, these devices use gentle pressure to keep airways open. Though considered the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment, some patients find this option uncomfortable and may seek alternative treatments.
  • Mouthpieces, or oral appliances, open the lower jaw and adjust the tongue to help keep your airways open while you sleep. Sonoma Smiles can custom fit an oral appliance to improve airflow while sleeping. Many of our patients find this to be an effective, less invasive solution.
  • Surgery is sometimes recommended to help widen breathing passages by shrinking, tightening, or removing excess tissue in the throat. This would be performed by a qualified surgeon.

Sonoma Smiles can help you diagnose and treat sleep apnea. For more information, please schedule an appointment with Wayne Sutton, DDS, and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Sleep Apnea

Do you snore excessively? Do you suffer from daytime fatigue? Do you awake during the night with shortness of breath? You may suffer from the life-threatening sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. About 1 in every 15 Americans suffer from sleep apnea and it is a problem that many don’t even realize they might have. But what does this have to do with dentistry? Because sleep apnea is caused by an airway obstruction, the disorder can be treated through the mouth. The Thorton adjustable positioner, or Tap appliance is one of the more popular ways to treat sleep apnea. When the jawbone yes lax, the tongue and soft tissue obstruct the airway. The tap appliance advances the jaw bone, allowing the air to flow freely and making sleep more restful throughout the night. If you think you might suffer from sleep apnea, talk to your dentist today about possible treatment options.

Dr. Sutton is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Sonoma County

About Dr. Wayne Sutton

A renowned cosmetic dentist in Sonoma County, Dr. Sutton has over 20 years of experience and maintains a standard of excellence at his implant center using the strongest dental implant bridge currently available to provide predictable full mouth dental implant reconstructions.

Dr. Sutton received his postgraduate at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco and his doctorate and three years of experience as a clinical instructor from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1997, where he was the only one to receive the “Clinical Excellence Award”. He also studied Advanced Occlusion at the Hornbrook Group and earned his Fellowship in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics.

Today, Dr. Sutton takes over 4 times the annual continuing education requirements to maintain his license. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (awarded his Fellowship), the Academy of General Dentistry (Fellowships status), the American Dental Implant Association (Diplomat status), the American Dental Association, the American Academy for Dental Sleep Medicine, and is a select cosmetic dentist recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe – Mrs. USA Pageants.