Sleep Apnea Treatment in Tustin, CA
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is interrupted for 10 seconds or more while a person is asleep. (Apnea comes from the Greek word apnous, meaning breathless.) When a person has sleep apnea, his or her breathing may be interrupted 30 times or more, every hour. This causes the body to be deprived of oxygen. It is a serious health concern that affects many people.
Dr. Choi successfully treats obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, using oral appliances. With obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissues in the throat relax too much during sleep and block a person’s airway, causing breathing to be temporarily paused. Dr. Choi uses comfortable oral appliances to keep the airways open and enable the person to breathe freely again.
Symptoms and effects of sleep apnea
A person’s general health can be at risk when the body doesn’t receive enough oxygen. Many serious health conditions can develop because of obstructive sleep apnea, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and stroke. For this reason, Dr. Choi does a sleep apnea screening on each new patient. “Proper diagnosis and treatment can save a life,” says Dr. Choi.
The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include the following:
- Sleepy during the day, no matter how much sleep you get
- Irritability and the inability to concentrate.
- Headaches in the morning
- Loud snoring
- Memory loss
- Pauses in breathing of 10 seconds or more while sleeping
A Comfortable Alternative to CPAP
In the past, the only treatment for obstructive sleep apnea was using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. This device supplies a steady flow of air to the mouth and nose through a mask, opening the airways. However, many patients cannot tolerate the mask, and the machine is noisy. The device is also bulky, making it difficult to carry when traveling.
Fortunately, another treatment option is available. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliance therapy as a safe and effective alternative treatment method for cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy utilizes a mouthguard-like device that is worn at night during sleep. The device positions the lower jaw in a manner that keeps the airways open.
Free Sleep Apnea Consultation
Dr. Choi offers a free sleep apnea consultation. Your visit will include the following:
- Consultation with Dr. Choi
- Explanation of oral appliance therapy
- Find out if you qualify for oral appliance therapy *
- Get all questions answered
* If you’ve already had a sleep test
Our Oral Appliance Therapy
If Dr. Choi’s preliminary screening indicates that you could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, he will arrange for you to receive a sleep test for a definitive diagnosis. You can either do the sleep test with a physician, or you can do it at home using a specially designed sleep test kit.
If the test comes back positive for sleep apnea, Dr. Choi will make a custom oral appliance that will open your airway so you can breathe easily while you’re sleeping.