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Sleep should be peaceful and restful, but sometimes, problems like sleep apnea can get in the way and turn your nighttime into a struggle. If you find yourself tossing and turning or waking up feeling tired, it’s time to take a closer look and identify the problem. Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS DABDSM is here to help you understand sleep apnea, treat it in the best way possible, and guide you back to nights of peaceful sleep and days filled with energy and vitality. Contact our Walnut Creek, CA office to schedule an appointment!
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a prevalent and potentially serious sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night. It can drastically disrupt sleep quality, contributing to fatigue and a myriad of other health complications if left unaddressed. There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome, with OSA being the most common.
OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open despite the effort to breathe. Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS DABDSM, will help you understand your sleep disorder, providing expert insight and advanced treatments, aligning with your unique needs and contributing to enhancing your overall wellness.
Symptoms Of Sleep ApneaIdentifying sleep apnea can sometimes be a challenge as it masquerades behind seemingly benign symptoms, such as snoring. However, acknowledging and understanding these signs is pivotal for determining how to proceed. Key symptoms include loud snoring, observable episodes of stopped breathing, abrupt awakenings followed by gasping or choking, morning headache, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating during the day, and irritability. It’s imperative to note that snoring is not always indicative of sleep apnea, and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. Thus, comprehensive evaluation and professional insights are vital to ascertain an accurate diagnosis and formulate an effective treatment plan.
Health Risks Of Untreated Sleep ApneaUntreated sleep apnea doesn’t just rob you of a peaceful night’s sleep, but it also affects your general health and quality of life. Complications can range from daytime fatigue, which impacts your concentration and reaction times, to more severe consequences—such as cardiovascular problems, due to the sudden drops in blood oxygen levels that occur during apnea episodes. Furthermore, untreated sleep apnea is often linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and the development of liver abnormalities. By addressing sleep apnea, you’re not just enhancing sleep quality but protecting your overall health and well-being.
Oral Appliance TherapyOral appliance therapy (OAT) stands as a front-runner in managing sleep apnea for mild to moderate cases of OSA. This involves the use of a custom-fitted oral appliance designed precisely to keep the airway open during sleep. The oral appliance, akin to an orthodontic retainer or sports mouthguard, assists by repositioning the jaw and holding the tongue securely to ensure an unobstructed airway. Dr. Mattingly crafts personalized treatment plans using OAT to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea, restoring the peace of uninterrupted sleep.
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Finding solutions to sleep problems can feel overwhelming, but with James R. Mattingly, DDS DABDSM and our team, you’re in good hands. We’re here to make things easy, helping you understand and solve your sleep troubles with care and kindness. When you choose us, you’re choosing a team that sees you as more than just a patient—you’re family. Together, let’s make your journey back to restful nights and joyful mornings simple, clear, and full of the kind support that everyone deserves. Call today!