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We welcome all of your questions at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry! The more informed you are about oral health care in general, the better equipped you are to make confident decisions about your own treatment.
You aren't meant to be an expert about oral health – that's our job! We're here to guide you and provide you with information so you understand all aspects of your personal oral health. No question is too small, and the only silly question is one that goes unasked.
Here are a few questions we hear frequently, but you probably have others that aren't answered here. Please don't hesitate to call our office or fill out our convenient online contact form.
Snoring is not unusual and happens to about half of people at some point in their lives. What is unusual is chronic snoring that disrupts your sleep and keeps your partner awake at night. Persistent snoring may be associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious sleep disorder that is a risk factor for health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
When we sleep, the muscles in our mouth and throat naturally relax. OSA occurs when this natural action blocks off your airway so you can’t breathe. The lack of oxygen sends a message to your brain to wake up and breathe. This can happen hundreds of times a night, which leaves you feeling exhausted in the morning.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The standard treatment for many people with sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) mask that keeps the airway open during sleep. However, many patients can’t tolerate the mask because it is too bulky, noisy, or uncomfortable.
At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, we offer an alternative that is a non-invasive method for addressing sleep apnea. Dr. Amy Au creates a customized oral device that is worn over your front teeth and is designed to move your jaw slightly forward when you sleep. This prevents your tongue from collapsing back against your airway, allowing you to breathe normally.
If you are concerned about chronic snoring, please call our office so we can see if you are a good candidate for this treatment.