Sleep Apnea

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.

Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.

OSA is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment. Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment.

The advent of oral appliances has allowed patients to sleep better without the use of CPAP machines. This cumbersome machine usually has a mask that fits over the mouth and/or nose and has a motor that will blow continuous air into you as you sleep. Our patients have complained of numerous uncomfortable side effects with using this machine, such as:

  • Abdominal bloating from sucking in too much air

  • Tight chest feelings

  • Discomfort at night caused by the mask

OSA is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment. Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Sharon Lee is now helping Orange County residents get a more restful night’s sleep. Dr. Lee is an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) member. AADSM is the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to the standard Continue Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.

One possible issue that might arise from using an oral appliance is TMJ (temporomandibular joints disorder). TMJ is when people grind and clench their teeth as they sleep. These issues can cause soreness around the jaw bone joint. The oral appliances we recommend specialize in alleviating TMJ disorders caused by sleep apnea: it will stabilize the jaw joint. So far we have had over 90 oral appliances approved.

 

Treating sleep apnea has numerous health benefits including a more productive life, better rest, and increased energy throughout the day. Nearly 20% of adults have some sort of sleep apnea whether they’ve been diagnosed or not. We recommend everybody get a consultation with a sleep specialist. While making the oral appliance, we always closely monitor the patients to address any possible changes or readjustments that have to be done. We want to oral appliance to fit perfectly for you.