A good night’s sleep helps us stay energized throughout the day with a clear mind. There are times, however, when factors out of our control keep us away from good sleep. One of those factors could be snoring, either yours or a family members, and both can point to sleep apnea. An increasingly common medical condition that affects a person’s breathing while they try to sleep.

You might wonder: how could a dentist assist with such a medical condition? First, let’s discuss the details of sleep apnea, and then how the Sacramento dental specialists at the Marconi Dental Group can help.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is the obstruction or blockage of airflow, when the muscles in the back of the throat relax causing a closure of airway and leading to snoring. The brain then reacts to this by waking up itself to contract those muscles, opening up the airway again (this usually happens while barely conscious). In severe cases, this could happen as much as 50 times in an hour making a good night’s sleep nearly impossible.

If the airway is only partially open, then the muscles and tissues in the throat vibrate against each other creating the sound that we know as snoring.

Sleep apnea is a serious threat to a person’s health, sleep deprivation is on the lighter end, while it has also been linked to heart conditions, behavioral health and other issues.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Two of the tell all signs that you might have sleep apnea is snoring and abrupt waking, but there are more signs you should look out for:
  • Excessive fatigue during the day
  • Confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty in concentrating, “brain fog”
  • Irritability, frequent frustration
  • Accident-prone behavior
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obesity
Suffer from these symptoms yourself, or know someone that does? You should consult a doctor or one of the dentists at the Marconi Dental Group as soon as they can. Our practice can provide an initial diagnosis, suggest dental treatments, and provide referrals to doctors specializing in more serious cases of sleep apnea.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Once diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist at the Marconi Dental Group evaluates the severity of your condition. There are different treatments available for the severity of the condition. A possible treatment consists of an oral appliance specifically designed to advance the lower jaw, pulling the tongue forward while you sleep. The appliance opens the airways just enough to prevent obstruction, thereby significantly reducing snoring. It’s also less intrusive than breathing devices or surgery. If you suspect that you or a loved one are suffering from sleep apnea, a better night’s sleep could begin with a simple phone call. Please contact the Marconi Dental Group or use our online form to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.