Sleep Apnea Treatment Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach
Thorough Diagnosis and Personalized Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), your airways become blocked during the night, continually causing you to wake up or move to a lighter sleep cycle. This occurs because your soft palate and tongue fall back into your throat and inhibit the flow of air. At Redondo Beach Dental Group, our dentists take a unique approach to diagnosis and treatment. They believe that some attacks do not show up during sleep tests because they happen instantaneously. During dental exams, they check for the early warning signs of sleep apnea so the condition can be controlled before it turns into a serious problem. To learn more about sleep apnea, contact our practice in the Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach area and schedule your first appointment.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Risks
The symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Pronounced snoring
- Irritability and mood swings
- Daytime sleepiness
- Dry mouth
Although the day-to-day symptoms of sleep apnea can have severe consequences on your quality of life, the long-term effects are more alarming. Sleep apnea is linked to an increased risk for heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and other conditions.
Our dentists at Redondo Beach Dental Group take a truly comprehensive approach to sleep apnea diagnosis. Although sleep assessments can be accurate for older patients, our dentists believe that these tests do not always catch the early warning signs in younger patients. Young Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach individuals may display signs of bruxism or Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). UARS is often considered a “bridge” between chronic snoring and sleep apnea. However, the condition often does not show up on a sleep test.
In addition to traditional analyses, Redondo Beach Dental Group also uses high resolution pulse oximetry to diagnose early-stage sleep apnea. This small device clips on to patients’ fingers and measures oxygen saturation through the night. Often, oximeters can detect even the smallest variations far more accurately than a sleep assessment.
Advanced Treatment Options
Our dentists will carefully monitor your sleep apnea to determine the right treatment for you. Options include:
- HomeoblockTM: This unique orthodontic device works similarly to a traditional retainer, but you only need to wear the mouthpiece at night. The device is placed behind your teeth, and our dentists will adjust it once a week to gradually realign your jaw. In addition to treating sleep apnea and enhancing bite alignment, HomeoblockTM can correct facial symmetry, fill in deep creases around the mouth, and help you look up to 20 years younger.
- CPAP: If you do not respond to more conservative forms of treatment, you may be a good candidate for continuous positive airway pressure. The CPAP device delivers a steady stream of air that will keep your soft tissues lifted and your throat open through the night.
- Lifestyle changes: If you have poor sleep habits, this can exacerbate your condition. Our dentists can guide you in making necessary adjustments to get a better night’s sleep.
Schedule a Consultation
Our team of doctors at Redondo Beach Dental Group are highly knowledgeable about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. To benefit from their expertise and detail-oriented care for this or any other general dentistry needs, schedule your consultation today in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach area.