Obstruction Sleep Apnea
Obstruction Sleep Apnea Specialist in Orange County, CA
Over 18 million Americans are currently living with sleep apnea—a sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop or become shallow throughout the night, disrupting your natural sleep cycle. While many people may have this disorder and not even know it, this sleep problem can affect waking hours, as well. Those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) will often experience excessive daytime sleepiness, problems concentrating, and morning headaches.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with OSA, you may be looking for relief, so you can finally get a good night’s sleep. However, did you know that you can turn to our dentist and the team at YP Center for TMJ, Orofacial Pain, Headaches, and Sleep Medicine for help? You may be asking yourself: How are my dentist and my sleep disorder connected? Oftentimes, we can treat patients with OSA by simply fitting them with a custom-made oral appliance.
How does oral appliance therapy work?
Repositioning the lower jaw forward while you sleep keeps the tongue away from the back of your throat, thereby reducing the possibility for an obstruction. Oral appliance therapy is the first line of treatment that we often recommend to patients with mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea, as this is a less invasive and more convenient treatment option. This can also be a great option for someone who hasn’t responded to or is not an ideal candidate for CPAP therapy.
What are the advantages of wearing an oral appliance?
Oral appliance therapy offers a variety of benefits, including a better night’s sleep. However, what makes this an ideal treatment option for many sleep apnea sufferers is that it’s non-invasive and comfortable. Most patients find that it only takes a couple of weeks to adjust to wearing this appliance, and it’s so small that it’s easy to carry with you no matter where you go.
Why should you turn to our dentist for OSA?
Our team knows how to properly select, fit and monitor your custom-made oral appliance treatment. We receive specialized training, so we are not only familiar with the different designs but can also select the best oral appliance to fit your needs; however, before we can offer treatment, we need to first diagnose you with OSA. While you may think your daytime sleepiness and irritability could be sleep apnea-induced, it’s important to obtain a proper diagnosis first.
Are you interested in what oral appliance therapy could offer you?
If you are living with OSA in Orange County, CA, the team at YP Center for TMJ, Orofacial Pain, Headaches, and Sleep Medicine can provide you with care. Call us at (657) 313-5571 to schedule a consultation