Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway collapses and causes a lack of airflow. This causes breathing to temporarily cease for a few seconds to just over a minute. Oftentimes, this severely impairs sleep quality and can even cause individuals to wake up coughing or choking. At West Coast Oral Surgery, we can provide a comfortable, quiet, and affordable dental treatment for sleep apnea that is effective and non-invasive.
Did You Know?
As dental professionals are experts in facial anatomy, this makes them ideal for treating sleep apnea. One of the main causes of obstructive sleep apnea deals with facial anatomy, specifically the position of the jaw, tongue, tonsils, and other tissues near the throat.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dental sleep apnea treatment?
You may be a candidate for dental sleep apnea treatment if you have been diagnosed with or think you may be affected by obstructive sleep apnea. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include: daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating or remembering things, waking up feeling tired, irritability, and depression. In some cases, a sleep study may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental sleep apnea treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mehdi Matin of West Coast Oral Surgery today.
What can I expect when receiving dental sleep apnea treatment at West Coast Oral Surgery?
When receiving dental sleep apnea treatment at West Coast Oral Surgery, you can expect to be fitted with a Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). Both appliances fit over the teeth and position your jaw in a slightly forward position in order to open up your airway and prevent it from closing while you sleep. To be fitted for these appliances, a dental impression or oral scan will be taken of your mouth and used to fabricate a custom appliance. Dr. Matin will provide you with instructions on how to wear and care for your appliance.