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What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a potentially dangerous disorder with fairly benign symptoms—loud snoring at night, and morning headaches or daytime bouts of sleepiness. The cause? Intermittent periods throughout sleep when an individual actually stops breathing.

Breathing cessation, or apnea, lasts from seconds to nearly a minute. When breathing resumes—the brain senses lack of oxygen and wakes you up—snoring is loud, sometimes explosive. In the morning, the build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood causes headaches. And the lack of deep, relaxing sleep has you drowsy, and usually grouchy, during the day.

During sleep apnea, the upper air passages in the mouth and throat obstruct (no one is sure why). One form of treatment is wearing an acrylic appliance during sleep to keep air passages open. It’s comfortable, easy to use, and brings blessed sleep.

If you have symptoms of sleep apnea—your partner will let you know about the snoring—we’d like to discuss it with you. Patients in our program find the change in the quality of their sleep, and their waking life, like night and day.

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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