Why You Should Take Snoring Seriously

Snoring isn’t just an annoyance; it can have serious health consequences. Fortunately, there are treatment options at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is most often caused by an an obstruction that restricts the flow of air in the throat. The obstruction can be caused by:

  • Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
  • Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
  • Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
  • Long uvula or soft palate
  • Nasal congestion
  • Deviated septum

Snoring may also be a sign of sleep apnea—a serious health condition in which your breathing lapses while you sleep. This can occur hundreds of times at night.

If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also influenced. Failure to get enough restorative sleep contributes to a plethora of physical and mental conditions.

If you or a loved one are coping with the effects of snoring, call us for an appointment at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California


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How Is Snoring Different From Sleep Apnea?

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It’s estimated that 50% of people snore at some point during their life.

Sleep apnea is a more serious, but also common sleep disorder. Snoring and sleep apnea are related. Many people who snore also have sleep apnea. However, the conditions are not always present together.

Why Is Sleep Apnea So Dangerous?

People who suffer from sleep apnea actually stop breathing during sleep. This can happen many times during the night. When the oxygen flow to the brain is interrupted—not surprisingly—serious problems can occur.

Snoring alone doesn’t cause breathing to stop.

Patients with sleep apnea are at risk for serious health issues including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. They are also at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

One of the most common effects of sleep apnea is daytime fatigue. This makes daily activities more difficult. Untreated sleep apnea lowers the quality of life.

The health consequences are not limited to the person with the condition. Their bed partner is also deprived of restorative sleep and, as such, is at risk of health complications.

Wondering if your health issues are a result of sleep apnea?

If you suffer from daytime sleepiness, or your partner says you stop breathing temporarily during sleep, see your doctor right away. If you want to start out with a specialist, ask your primary doctor for a recommendation. In the U.S., the American Board of Sleep Medicine certifies physicians who treat sleep disorders.

Your doctor will diagnose whether you have sleep apnea and which of the three types you have. This may require a visit to a sleep disorder clinic.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. Our services also include restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California


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Chronic Sleep Problems?

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If you feel tired and sluggish during the day, and your bed  partner tells you that you snore, you may have a conditiion call sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea are treatable at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

What is sleep apnea? It’s a potentially health-threatening condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms.

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you have two or more, it’s time to get some answers.

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This form is present when a patient has both of the other two types.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, help is just a phone call away. It is one of the conditions we treat at Kenneteh Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California


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Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we often see patients who have been struggling with inadequate sleep for months or even years. Some of these individuals end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

Sleep apnea is a condition in which someone stops breathing repeatedly through the night. The stoppage may only be a few seconds, or it could go on for a minute or more. It deprives the brain of oxygen, and that’s a serious matter.

Sleep apnea happens most often in overweight men in their forties, but anyone at any age might get it. One of its symptoms is snoring.

The reluctance to request professional help is lamentable, because it takes such a high toll on their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life more difficult for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

For some odd reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea a pressing issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological activity more fundamental than that. And inadequate sleep can cause a host of serious health issues. It also affects performance in every area of life; work, leisure pursuits, and social settings.

There are several types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles loosen and block the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This is a combination of both conditions described previously.

If you think you or a loved one has sleep apnea, call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We can provide treatment. We also offer dental implants and other services. Make an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California


Suspect You Might Have Sleep Apnea?

Do you  think you might have sleep apnea? It’s crucial to your health to get help soon. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening. We can treat it at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Does your bed partner tell you that you frequently stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Awakening suddenly
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially in the morning after awakening
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring cessations in breathing during sleep robs the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) may be the most well-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people have never heard of any other treatments.

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) conducted by a dentist can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

  • As a first-line treatment for people with mild to moderate OSA
  • As a first-line treatment for patients with severe OSA who are unable to use CPAP devices
  • As a combination therapy (using CPAP and an oral appliance together)

A custom-fitted oral appliance allows patients to breath normally while sleeping. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a physician. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Doesn’t need electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City encourages you to see an MD soon before your health is compromised. If you have already received a diagnosis of OSA and would like information about OAT, call us to schedule a consultation. We also offer general dentistry.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California


Treat Sleep Apnea In Daly City

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that requires treatment by a professional. Kenneth Hovden DDS  works with sleep apnea patients in Daly City, and throughout the South San Francisco area.

People with sleep apnea stop breathing as they sleep. It can happen anywhere from a few to hundreds of times per night. When breathing stops, the brain doesn’t get the oxygen it needs, which is why it is such a dangerous condition. Sleep apnea requires the diagnosis of a physician.

There are three types of sleep apnea: Obstructive, which is the most common; Central; and Mixed sleep apnea, which is a combination of the first two.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway. Soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.

With central sleep apnea the airway isn’t blocked. Instead, the respiratory center of the brain that control breathing don’t work right, and breathing is interrupted.

Millions of Americans are afflicted with sleep apnea, and it can affect anyone at any age. But the most common patients are overweight men who are over forty, and have a large neck with large tonsils and tongue. It also tends to run in families.

Sleep apnea puts people at risk of a range of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, heart failure, and heart disease.

If you or someone you love has sleep apnea, or even if you suspect it, talk to your doctor. Once it has been diagnosed, it can be treated at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also provide traditional dental services.