Learn about obstructive sleep apnea and how it affects Los Angeles residents in their day to day lives


Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental describes obstructive sleep apnea as a sleep disorder that is caused by a blockage in the airway
Los Angeles, CA area patients who have been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may not realize that their dentist can help with treatment. These patients are often not readily aware of how obstructive sleep apnea affects these residents and their day-to-day lives. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that needs to be better understood so patients can realize the benefits of treatment to improve their overall quality of living.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental describes obstructive sleep apnea as a sleep disorder that is caused by a blockage in the airway. This blockage results in patients being unable to breath sometimes hundreds of times in one night. This can cause patients to wake up frequently and have difficulty reaching the restorative levels of sleep they need to feel and function at their best every day.

Symptoms of OSA

Some of the more common signs that patients may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea include the following.

During sleep:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Loud breathing
  • Episodes of no breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gasping during sleep

During the day:

  • Insomnia
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Depression
  • Increased anxiety
  • Chronic headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Poor concentration/memory
  • Irritability
  • Hyperactivity

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It can be difficult to pinpoint when patients have obstructive sleep apnea, but it is often noticed by sleeping partners who pick up on the difficulty patients are having during the night. These symptoms may also be noticed with other medical conditions. Speaking to a physician about getting a sleep study performed to check for this condition is often encouraged for patients worried they may be dealing with obstructive sleep apnea. It is easy to see how obstructive sleep apnea affects Los Angeles residents’ day-to-day lives, as it can make them tired, irritable, and result in difficulty completing their jobs or daily activities. It also puts patients at risk for a variety of conditions due to the fact that they are unable to reach the restorative REM stage of sleep that is required to feel their best.

How can a dentist help?

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction in the airways. This may be a result of many issues. It may be caused by excess fat in the neck area closing down on the throat, a poorly aligned jaw, or even the tongue falling back into the throat and blocking the breathing airways. Whatever the cause, a dentist can help. While physicians will often start patients on treatment with a CPAP device, many patients do not comply with the use of this device because they find it uncomfortable. The CPAP machine is worn at night over the nose and mouth to help patients keep their airways open throughout their sleep. However, many patients find it noisy and uncomfortable and fail to use it regularly, even though it is effective.

Instead, a dentist such as Dr. Don Mungcal can fabricate a special mouth guard that is worn at night to keep the jaw aligned and the airways open for the same positive effect. This treatment is more desirable by our patients because it is more comfortable. The mouth guard is easy to wear and take care of, making it convenient for patients to comply with their treatment.

How can I obtain oral appliance therapy with my dentist?

Dr. Don Mungcal and the staff at Downtown Dental have committed themselves to helping patients with a wide range of oral health issues
First, consult with Dr. Don Mungcal after getting a proper diagnosis from your physician. Then, a series of impressions are taken to fabricate a mouth guard that fits precisely for optimum comfort. Patients then use their special oral appliance each and every night to allow them to reach REM sleep to look and feel their best each and every day.

Discuss obstructive sleep apnea and other concerns with our dental staff

Dr. Don Mungcal and the staff at Downtown Dental have committed themselves to helping patients with a wide range of oral health issues. We welcome patients in and around the community to consider the advantages of treatment with our team. Call our practice today by calling (213) 863-9464 and visit the office at 255 South Grand Avenue, Suite 204 in Los Angeles, CA. We welcome new and existing patients into our practice for general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care.

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