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The Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

Airways blocked by tissue, large tonsils, large tongue and/or collapsing muscles may result in snoring and lead to sleep apnea.

The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Headaches upon waking in the morning
  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day


What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Airways blocked by tissue, large tonsils, large tongue and/or collapsing muscles may result in snoring and lead to sleep apnea.

Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If it has been brought to your attention that you snore loudly or if you have been made aware of choking and gasping sounds you make while sleeping, you may have sleep apnea. If persistent, these symptoms should be brought to the attention of your primary physician.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed by a physician or somnologist, typically based on data collected through special equipment while you sleep. This equipment monitors airflow, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels, providing your physician with information about the quality of your sleep. This information will enable your doctor to make the appropriate diagnosis.

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If Sleep Apnea is a concern, you may be asking yourself these questions:

  • Can I get a free consultation for my sleep disorders?
  • What are my sleep apnea treatment options?
  • Are there any options for a home sleep apnea test?
  • What causes snoring?
  • How do I stop snoring?
  • What are the symptoms and side effects of sleep apnea?
  • What is the difference between CPAP machine and Sleep Apnea mouth guard?

Most people with sleep apnea do not realize they have it. Oftentimes it’s a partner, spouse or housemate who notices you are gasping or choking in your sleep. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call your doctor right away for testing and diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with OSA, visit our Oxnard office to learn if we can help you find a safe, comfortable, and effective treatment for your condition.

Sleep Apnea Professionals You Can Trust

sub-consultationAnacapa Dental Art Institute is dedicated to providing men and women in Oxnard and beyond the most advanced and effective treatments available. With OSA, this extends to oral appliances that have a standing record of comfort and efficacy along with lifestyle recommendations based on years of observation, study, and personal experience. We care about each patient we treat and will take time to create a plan that is effective without being punitive, helping move you towards years of restful and restorative sleep.

If you are a candidate for the sleep apnea procedure, you would be hard-pressed to find a dentist in Ventura County more capable than Dr. Jivraj and his team at Anacapa Dental Art Institute. With over 25 years experience to boast, Dr. Jivraj is truly an artist when it comes to the sleep apnea procedures. If you are searching for an experienced Oxnard sleep apnea dentist, please call Anacapa Dental Art Institute at (805) 988-3317 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring, skilled dentists.


Anacapa Dental Art Institute is the premier Oxnard dentist office for your needs, being the expert prosthodontist center that patients and even other dentists rely on for superior dental care. We are known for our state-of-the-art dental work and our professional, talented and caring team. If you are in need of any of our services, feel free to call to set up a private consultation. During this time, Dr. Jivraj will assess your condition and educate you on which treatment options are the best under the circumstances. In this complimentary consultation, we will discuss your dental health concerns and goals in a comfortable and relaxed environment where there will never be pressure for you do anything that you aren’t excited about.

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