Petaluma area dentist describes the signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea
Dr. Jurina Smida is a biological dentist who provides holistic care. The smile is not the only area in which she focuses. She provides a variety of services, including the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea for Petaluma area patients. She educates patients on the signs and symptoms of the condition, and then discusses the benefits of oral appliance therapy.
Obstructive sleep apnea described
Patients are often confused when they hear the phrase “obstructive sleep apnea.” They may be unaware of this sleeping disorder and how a dentist can assist. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that is caused by a blockage in the airways. Patients who are sleeping may struggle with reaching the deep, restorative levels of sleep to allow their body to rest, because they wake up hundreds of times a night due to a blocked airway. This can result in signs and symptoms seen during the day, including:
- Poor memory and concentration
- Increased depression and anxiety
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Chronic headaches and migraines
Patients experiencing these issues should see their family physician for a proper diagnosis. This may include a sleep study where professionals monitor patients throughout the night at a hospital or send patients home with a device to wear when they sleep to properly diagnose the condition. Patients can then visit their dentist for appliance therapy.
Schedule a visit today!
Petaluma area patients who are ready to address obstructive sleep apnea are welcome to make an appointment at Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County. Dr. Jurina Smida and the staff are here to assist individuals in addressing the care and attention of their smile – as well as their overall health and wellness. Contact her practice by calling the friendly front office team at or visiting at 26 4th Street.