How sleep apnea treatment options impact lives in Los Angeles

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man snoring loudly in the bed caused by sleep apnea
Chronic snoring can be a symptom of a serious disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment options, as explained by Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Don Mungcal, can have a big influence on your quality of life.

Surgery

Surgery for OSA involves removal of tissues from the top of the throat and back of the mouth, including tonsils and adenoids. The jaw may be repositioned, or plastic rods implanted into the soft palate. There is a significant recovery period, and risk of bleeding, infection, and difficulty swallowing. Surgery does not always cure OSA, and some patients need additional procedures to correct surgical complications.

CPAP

A continuous positive airway pressure device holds the airway open with a continuous flow of air delivered through a mask over the nose and mouth. CPAP is effective when it is used. However, compliance is low. Many patients report the mask is uncomfortable and irritates skin and eyes. Straps may feel claustrophobic, and the machine makes sounds through the night. Dry mouth and throat is a common complaint. Imagine the impact on carefree travel and romance!

Oral appliance therapy

For many, oral appliance therapy dramatically improves snoring and OSA. Benefits of this treatment option include:
  • Small – The device is about the size of a sports mouth guard. It slips into a pocket, handbag, or overnight bag.
  • Comfortable – Fit is customized, and the material is smooth and non-irritating.
  • Low maintenance – It is easy to keep your oral appliance clean and odor free.
  • Discreet – The only thing your sleep mate will notice is how quietly you breathe.
  • Effective! – The device holds the mouth open slightly, moves the lower jaw forward, and depresses the tongue, keeping the airway clear.

To learn more about your sleep apnea treatment options, book an appointment at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles. The number is (213) 863-9464.









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