Sleep Apnea

Sleep disruptions and sleep disorders can affect more than just your ability to function in daily life. Without deep, restorative sleep our brain, organs, and other body systems can’t rest or heal. This can have a devastating effect on your overall health including an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, depression, and more.

Dr. Yemoto has been interested in the connection between sleep apnea and the link between heart attack and stroke for over a decade. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, or AADSM, the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine.

Some common symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Loud snoring or gasping throughout the night

  • Insomnia or difficulty falling or staying asleep

  • Waking up panting or feeling short of breath

  • Waking frequently during the night to urinate

  • Acid reflux

  • Headaches or dry mouth first thing in the morning

  • Sleepiness and forgetfulness throughout the day

Someone with sleep apnea may or may not know if they snore or wake up gasping for air throughout the night. Sleep apnea can cause poor performance in school or work and can diminish one’s quality of life. They also are at a higher risk of causing an auto accident.

If you have any of these symptoms, please give Dr. Yemoto a call. Dr. Yemoto can treat the sleep apnea patient by measuring their airway and monitoring his or her sleep patterns and can create a custom-fit oral appliance that positions your jaw to allow greater airflow into your lungs, reducing the number of apneic events and stopping you from snoring.