Sleep Apnea Dentist

Sleep Apnea Dentist in Los Angeles, CA

Our team prides ourselves on providing the highest quality care for our patients suffering from sleep related breathing problems including snoring and sleep apnea. The uncomfortable and cumbersome CPAP is no longer the only option! Contact us today for a  consultation to see if you are a candidate for a comfortable and easy to use oral device.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Sleep apnea is essentially your body choking on itself and causing repeated episodes of partial or complete suffocation sometimes lasting seconds,  a minute or more. This means you have episodes where you stop breathing and then, start breathing constantly throughout the night. This can cause a myriad of health complications including increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, weight gain, and even death.

Sleep apnea sufferers could either have obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea or a mixture of both known as complex sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type occurs due to the physical blockage of the upper airway during sleep. The cause of this collapse in the airway is usually due to the soft tissues in the mouth, tongue or throat closing down and blocking airflow during sleep. Causes and risk factors include having a large tongue, a low soft palate, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, family history, older age, being male, being obese, and high blood pressure, amongst others.

The first sign of this is usually snoring which happens when you are attempting to breathe through a narrow airway. If left untreated, snoring often escalates to full OSA where the narrow airway is now completely blocked. Nearly 1 in 4 adults over 30 are unknowingly suffering from at least mild sleep apnea.

Treatment of this sleep disorder is essential as untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health concerns.  Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is approved by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) as a first line of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. The AASM also recommended oral appliances for patients with severe sleep apnea who have difficulties using CPAP machines.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

There are various treatment options for sleep apnea. We however, specialize in oral appliances which is more cost-effective and convenient for most of our patients.

Oral Appliance

Our practice specializes in fitting patients with a custom fabricated oral appliance to treat sleep apnea. The appliance works by holding your mandible (lower jaw) in a precise open and forward position and by doing so all the soft tissue in your upper throat and neck are no longer able to collapse and cause the nighttime choking and suffocating episodes. The appliance we make will be custom made for your teeth and will fit much like a sports mouth guard. Oral appliances are a minimally invasive, comfortable and easy to use solution for managing sleep apnea and snoring and they are also an excellent alternative to CPAP therapy for patients who find it difficult to tolerate.

The value of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. Sleep apnea causes your sleep to be less restful and if left untreated, can be severely detrimental to your health. Our dentist, Dr. Sid Solomon, treats sleep apnea using a splint, allowing you to get the restful sleep you truly need. If you are looking for sleep apnea treatment in Los Angeles, California, please give us a call today at (310) 475-5598 to learn more about your treatment options and set your next appointment with us.

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance
Cpap Machine

CPAP

CPAP is the traditional gold standard for the management of sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and it works by pumping room air through a hose into a nasal mask that is strapped to the patients head. Constant pressure in the airway pushes the collapsible tissues out of the way and maintains and open/stable airway.

While highly effective at managing sleep apnea, CPAP has proven to be difficult to tolerate for many patients and a large majority of CPAP users are “non-compliant” within 6 months. If you are having a hard time wearing your CPAP every night please contact us, there are other options and it is imperative that you do something to manage your OSA. Do not forget that one of the nest options that can replace CPAP is oral appliance therapy. A therapy that affords you convenience and cost-effectiveness all at once!

Surgery

There are a few surgical options designed to reduce or remove excess tissue in the airway. Our doctor will review and discuss these options with you if indicated.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to our dentist, as well as your physician, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Frequent loud snoring

  • Repeated stopping and starting of breathing during sleep

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)

  • Personality changes and irritability

  • Mood swings

  • Waking up with a very dry or sore throat

  • Frequent morning migraine  headaches

  • Restlessness during sleep

  • Frequent nighttime awakenings

  • Frequent nighttime urination

  • Morning headaches

  • Waking up with a gasp or body jerk from deep sleep

  • Trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep (insomnia)

  • Night sweats

  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat

  • Difficulty paying attention and poor memory

  • Reduced sex drive and/or sexual dysfunction

  • Bruxism or teeth grinding

Sleep Health Test

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend a simple oral appliance. The appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!

A powerful online tool that analyzes responses to questions about body type, symptoms of daytime drowsiness, snoring and other sleep and health conditions associated with OSA, the ARES™ Screener is a validated predictor of OSA risk and OSA severity. The results can be used to rapidly screen large populations to determine a prior probability of OSA. The results are also used to supplement the physiological data obtained in the ARES™ Sleep Apnea Study.

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What Causes Snoring & How to Stop It

Snoring is usually not a serious health issue in itself. However, snoring loudly could be an indication that something else is wrong such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially serious disorder.

Causes

Common factors that can cause snoring include:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

  • Older age

  • Being overweight

  • Structural differences in your nose, mouth, tongue, and jaw (e.g. having a large tongue)

  • Excessive intake of alcohol

  • Using certain medications such as depressants, sedatives, and muscle relaxants

  • Smoking

  • Chronic nasal congestion

  • Sleeping on your back

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Being male

  • Sleep deprivation

How to stop it?

Snoring can be stopped using various remedies which include:

  • sleeping on your side

  • wearing an oral appliance (or dental appliance)

  • trying mouth exercises

  • losing extra weight

  • quitting smoking

  • avoiding alcohol

  • surgery

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    Sleep Apnea Technology

    These include technology used to diagnose sleep apnea. These include:

    Eccovision Acoustic Diagnostic Imaging System

    Our practice uses the Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer / Rhinometer system from Sleep Group Solutions to test our patients nasal and oral airways. The device sends sound waves into the airway and the reflected sound waves are measured by the machine to tell us how big the airway is. The Rhinometer measures the nasal airway and the Pharyngometer measures the oral airway. Both systems are FDA cleared and a highly effective way for us to identify the site and severity of airway collapse as it related to snoring and sleep related breathing problems.

    Eccovision Acoustic Diagnostic Imaging
    Ares Apnea Risk Evaluation

    Ares Apnea Risk Evaluation System

    Our practice uses the Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer / Rhinometer system from Sleep Group Solutions to test our patients nasal and oral airways. The device sends sound waves into the airway and the reflected sound waves are measured by the machine to tell us how big the airway is. The Rhinometer measures the nasal airway and the Pharyngometer measures the oral airway. Both systems are FDA cleared and a highly effective way for us to identify the site and severity of airway collapse as it related to snoring and sleep related breathing problems.

    Our team has years of experience in providing Sleep Apnea treatments. Get in touch today!