Sleep Apnea Treatment – Alhambra, CA

Posted December 29th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Sleep Apnea

Your Dentist Can Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea

While snoring is common and often harmless, at least to the snorer, it can be a warning sign of “obstructive sleep apnea” (OSA), a serious medical condition that affects an estimated 18 million people in the United States, according to  the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ACSM). Dangers related to OSA include severe daytime sleepiness, loss of short term memory, an increased risk of high blood pressure and higher rates of stroke and heart attack.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Diagnosis of sleep apnea is first established by the physician. This may involve a sleep test (polysomnograph) where the patient sleeps overnight in a sleep center.

Not every case of sleep apnea can be treated with OA’s. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea be treated with oral appliances when other methods such as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) or surgery is inappropriate or not preferred.

CPAP is a device that is attached to the mouth and/or nose that assists in unobstructed breathing through positive air pressure. For severe sleep apnea, the ACSM recommends that CPAP should be the treatment of choice.
In cooperation with the physician, Dr. Chao can prescribe and fit the most effective, safe and comfortable OA for you.

For more information on Sleep Apnea treatment and the steps we take to treat it, visit our Sleep Apnea page.