Sleep Apnea Treatment in El Segundo, CA
During sleep, your jaw, mouth and throat muscles naturally relax. However, for patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, those muscles loosen so much, they collapse and close up the airway. When this obstruction blocks the airway, it becomes difficult to breathe. The oxygen loss causes the individual to wake up repeatedly throughout the night. This can happen over and over again, hundreds of times, making it impossible to get a restorative night’s sleep.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in El Segundo
A common treatment for Dr. Smile patients who suffer from severe sleep apnea is breathing assistance with a CPAP machine. CPAP is short for continuous positive airway pressure. The machine delivers compressed air through a tube that is connected to a face or nose mask or a nasal pillow. The steady stream of pressure helps maintain normal breathing by keeping the airway open and unobstructed. At Dr. Smile, CPAP is the obstructive sleep apnea treatment of choice, but only about 40 percent of patients will actually wear the masks as prescribed. This standard treatment can be problematic for a variety of reasons, including:
- Hard to sleep wearing the device
- Not travel-friendly
- The machine is noisy
- The mask is bulky and uncomfortable
Oral Appliance Therapy in El Segundo
Advanced dental technology sleep apnea treatment with custom oral appliance therapy (OAT) possible. OAT assists forward jaw movement while you sleep, keeping the airway open for freer breathing.
Mouth Appliance for Sleep Apnea
For minor cases, that do not require CPAP or, surgery a custom fit mouth appliance may help make it possible for you to achieve a quality night’s sleep. This device will effectively open your airway allowing you to breathe normally overnight. We have several options available at Dr. Smile to suit the varying needs of our unique sleep apnea patients in El Segundo. We will work with your sleep doctor to create a treatment plan that will result in an entire night’s sleep. When the condition is not severe, the conservative approach is always the goal at Dr. Smile.