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Brentwood, CA dentist suggests oral appliance therapy as treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

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Snoring, breathing cessation, and daytime fatigue are common symptoms of a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Drs. Jamil Alkhoury and Diana Belli of Brentwood Family Dental in Brentwood, CA see many patients who are struggling with daily activities such as work and family because they are overtired, though they believe they are getting a full night’s sleep. Their bed partners may report otherwise. Conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea can impact the amount of restorative sleep patients are getting, but the condition can be improved with oral appliance therapy, available from our dental team.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Understanding obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is the first step in clarifying how treatments such as oral appliance therapy work. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which there is a blockage in the airway while patient sleep. This may be caused by:

  • Excess fat in the neck area
  • Poor jaw alignment
  • The tongue relaxing and blocking the airway

When patients have an obstruction in the airway as they sleep, they will then stop breathing. Patients will often jerk awake, and then the body will naturally try to fall asleep again. This cycle can occur hundreds of times in one night, keeping most patients from reaching the deeper, restorative levels of sleep they need to feel their best every day. This greatly impacts their quality of life, causing them to experience daytime fatigue, poor memory and concentration, and even increased depression and anxiety.
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How is the condition diagnosed?

Most patients get a diagnosis through their primary care physician who will often refer patients for a sleep study or have them wear a special device that tracks movements and activities while they sleep in the comfort of their own bed. This can reveal conditions such as sleep apnea and allow treatment options to be discussed.

Oral appliance therapy

Couple suffering from sleep apnea problem One of the best options for patients with obstructive sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy. While some physicians may recommend use of a CPAP machine, less than 30 percent of patients will comply with its use long-term. Oral appliance therapy uses a specialized mouthguard that patients wear at night while they sleep to keep the airways open. Compliance with this method of treatment is often much higher, as the appliance is comfortable. Patients will then enjoy a quality night’s sleep, every night!

Brentwood Family Dental is here to help!

Many patients think of the dentist as just a provider of solutions for problems with the teeth and gums. Our professionals also provide solutions for patients with sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea that can be treated with the assistance of oral appliance therapy. We encourage patients to book a consultation appointment at Brentwood Family Dental in Brentwood, CA to discuss oral appliance therapy. Call 925-344-5296 and visit at 4411 Balfour Road, Suite C.

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