Sleep Medicine for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Aliso Veijo CA

Some experts have said that sleep apnea can take more years off of life than either diabetes or smoking. Sleep apnea has been known to contribute to obesity, divorce rates, high blood pressure, and depression, as well as general grogginess.

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, there is hope. At South Coast Dentistry in Aliso Viejo, we provide sleep apnea treatment to help you get your life back in order. The first step involves participating in a sleep study. During a sleep study, we can determine if you have sleep apnea and how severe it is. At that point, we will be able to discuss treatment options, including CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), oral appliances, and/or surgery. In many cases, sleep apnea treatment is covered by either dental or medical insurance. While Dr. Maleki can identify potential risk factors for sleep apnea, he cannot diagnose sleep apnea. Only after a sleep study can a physician diagnose sleep apnea.

There are nearly 100 sleep apnea oral appliances available on the market today. During your treatment with Dr. Maleki, he will be able to help you determine which of those appliances is right for you and your individual needs.

Process

  1. Dr. Maleki or your primary care physician will refer you for a sleep study.
  2. After the sleep study, a diagnosis is pronounced.
  3. Depending on your needs and preferences, treatment will consist of a CPAP or oral appliance. Dr. Maleki can create the appliance that will best meet your unique needs.
  4. Any necessary adjustments will be made.
  5. You will re-test with a home sleep study or a sleep study at a sleep center to verify that the applied treatment is working.

That’s it! At this point, Dr. Maleki may recommend attending follow-up appointments every four or six months to ensure that you remain healthy and safe.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy refers to a variety of custom oral appliances that you wear at night to keep the airway open. This is done by correctly positioning the jaw. Oral appliance therapy is highly recommended for those with mild or moderate sleep apnea, those who snore, and those who grind their teeth at night. Unlike the CPAP, oral appliances are smaller and more convenient, similar to a night guard. Oral appliances will position the mandible forward to help eliminate the constriction that causes you to snore and/or stop breathing.

In many cases, most or all of oral appliance therapy is covered by medical insurance. We do our best at South Coast Dentistry in Aliso Viejo to help you receive maximum benefits.