Dr. Pooja Goel, the founder of Bay Area Sleep Solutions & Smiles for Life Dental Group, provides the highest quality sleep apnea care in the Santa Clara area. She is the leading sleep apnea dentist who has obtained the highest achievement as a Diplomat of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Our practice offers outstanding treatment options and has helped hundreds of patients with a variety of sleep conditions including snoring.
Additionally, Dr. Goel is also Diplomat eligible for the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and thus, is able to provide treatment for TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), headaches, and myofascial pain. Her office is equipped with the latest technology to make appointments easier and convenient for patients.
People who are overweight may be at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. During sleep, when the muscles in your throat are relaxed, it can cause the airway to become blocked. Since excess fatty tissue is more prevalent, there’s a higher chance the flow of oxygen to your body is blocked. While obesity is a major factor, it isn’t always the case that everyone with sleep apnea is also obese — there are many people who have sleep apnea, but are at a healthy weight.
Sleep plays an important role in giving your body and mind the chance it needs to fully recharge. That’s why if you suffer from sleep apnea, it can disrupt this process and make it more difficult to get a good night’s rest. On top of that, it can make it harder to get through your normal day-to-day activities. For example, you may feel drowsy throughout the day, find it harder to be motivated, or struggle concentrating on simple tasks.
While snoring is a normal occurrence for some people, it can also be a strong indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring generally occurs when air flow to your body is blocked due to the back of your throat being overly relaxed. This causes you to gasp for air during the night and disrupt your REM cycle. Fortunately, Dr. Goel can help ease your snoring symptoms by recommending one of our treatment options or lifestyle changes.
Nighttime sweating can be caused by a number of outside factors, including your bedroom being too warm, sleeping with too many blankets, and air circulation. However, having repeating episodes of night sweat can indicate that there may be an underlying illness, especially if your bedding is heavily soaked. It’s important to undergo a sleep study so that Dr. Goel can determine whether your sweating is caused by sleep apnea.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to further complications including stroke, cardiovascular disease, as well as heart attack. Patients with the sleep disorder are urged to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent health complications and reclaim their night’s rest. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Goel by calling (408) 549-1602 so that you can undergo a sleep study.
Your specialist will first examine your symptoms to decide if you would benefit from a sleep study. This will provide your physician with data to examine the severity of your case as well as help determine which treatment would be right for you. A sleep study can be performed in a lab or in the comfort of your own home by using sensors to monitor oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiration, and natural sleep position.
The severity of your sleep apnea is measured by how many times your breathing has either stopped or is shallow per hour. The different classifications include:
If someone has observed pauses in your breathing while you sleep, or you’ve woken up gasping for air, it’s important that you call our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Goel will discuss your symptoms and examine the muscles surrounding your throat and tonsils to determine if you would benefit from a sleep study.
Our Santa Clara practice offers CPAP as well as oral appliance therapy. While CPAP is a trusted method for treating sleep apnea, 40 percent of patients either don’t start treatment or stop it altogether within the first few months. This is due to the device being large, noisy, inconvenient, and uncomfortable.
An oral appliance can fit in the palm of your hand, is easily portable, and there aren’t any cords, masks, or electricity required. Within a few appointments, Dr. Goel can create a customized night guard that will gently shift your jaw to prevent your airway from being blocked.
Get the sleep you deserve by treating your sleep apnea. At Bay Area Sleep Solutions & Pain Center, Dr. Pooja Goel is an expert in her field and provides patients with treatments that specifically target the cause of their sleep apnea. That way, they can continue to live a productive, healthy lifestyle.
A restful night is key to tackling the day. Contact our Santa Clara office to schedule an appointment either by calling (408) 549-1602 or by filling out an online contact form. Dr. Pooja and our team proudly serve patients residing in the Campbell, North San Jose, Fruitdale, and Robertsville, CA areas.
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