Sleep Apnea

Adwen Yap, DDS -  - General Dentist

Adwen Yap, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Moreno Valley, CA

If you snore loudly, wake up with a headache, or suffer from daytime sleepiness, you may have sleep apnea, a condition that affects your breathing patterns as you sleep. To find out if you have sleep apnea and find a treatment that works for you, visit Adwen Yap, DDS, at his practice in Moreno Valley, California. Dr. Yap is an expert in managing sleep apnea with SomnoDent™ oral appliances, helping you sleep better and stay healthier. Call the office or schedule an appointment to find the proper treatment for you.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting nearly 22 million Americans. It occurs when you repeatedly stop breathing while you sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to chronic fatigue, insomnia, and more, negatively impacting your quality of life. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles relax as you sleep and your windpipe gets blocked. This is the most common form of the condition.

Central sleep apnea 

Central sleep apnea occurs when nerve signals sent from your brain to control breathing don’t transmit properly. 

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

It’s possible to have complex sleep apnea syndrome, which is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep is an important part of your overall well-being. With sleep apnea, sleep can often be disturbed and less restful than it should be. There are a number of symptoms that may indicate you have sleep apnea. These symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Insomnia
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability

If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to seek a diagnosis. Up to 80% of people with obstructive sleep apnea go undiagnosed, and severe sleep apnea can make you up to three times more likely to suffer a premature death.

How does SomnoDent treat sleep apnea? 

Dr. Yap regularly helps patients manage obstructive sleep apnea with SomnoDent oral appliances. Instead of a large continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to treat sleep apnea, SomnoDent appliances are small, comfortable, and customized for you.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Yap can fit your mouth with a SomnoDent appliance to wear while you sleep. Your appliance is made of custom-made upper and lower trays that cover your teeth and realign your jaw.

The SomnoDent appliance moves your lower jaw forward, opening your airway and preventing you from stopping breathing. With an oral appliance for sleep apnea, Dr. Yap can help you sleep better, longer. 

Don’t live with unmanaged sleep apnea. Make an appointment with Dr. Yap today to find out if an oral appliance for sleep apnea is right for you. Call the office or book online.