According to the American Sleep Apnea Foundation, 30 million adults in the U.S. are living with sleep apnea, but more than 80% are unaware they have this condition. Most people don’t realize they’re experiencing breathing problems and certainly can’t judge its severity. The three types of sleep apnea are obstructive, central and mixed. OSA is the most common, affecting an estimated 25–34% of men and 10–17% of women. Worldwide, OSA impacts 1 billion people, with an estimated prevalence exceeding 50% in some countries. Studies indicate 7–69% of individuals seeking treatment for insomnia also have sleep apnea. Conversely, the co-occurrence of insomnia ranges from 6–84% in individuals seeking treatment for sleep apnea-related symptoms (e.g., snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness and nocturnal breathing issues).
Numerous studies have analyzed the physical and mental/cognitive health consequences (comorbidities) linked to sleep apnea. The association between OSA and its comorbidities is influenced by age, gender, obesity and smoking status.
The first-line treatment for OSA is nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A CPAP machine works by creating pressure in your airway to hold the tissue open and prevent its collapse. Some patients can’t tolerate CPAP and for a small percentage of others, it’s ineffective. According to American Academy of Sleep Medicine practice guidelines, oral appliance therapy is the preferred treatment when CPAP is ineffective, regardless of the severity of your sleep apnea. If you’ve been diagnosed with OSA and you’re seeking a noninvasive sleep apnea treatment in Brentwood, CA, you’ve come to the right place! Dr. Rayani completed sleep apnea training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and has a successful track record helping patients achieve more restful nights and productive days.
A customized oral appliance that resembles a sports mouth guard alleviates sleep apnea by holding your lower jaw slightly forward and thereby preventing soft tissues from blocking your airway. The first step in the process involves taking impressions of your teeth to ensure your mouth guard fits firmly and correctly. When your mouth guard is ready, you simply slip it over your teeth at bedtime. Dr. Rayani will monitor you regularly to make sure the mouth guard doesn’t cause occlusal (bite) changes. Studies indicate about one-third of patients treated with oral appliance therapy experience complete resolution of OSA symptoms, while an additional one-third experience a 50% or greater decrease in symptoms. Many of our patients enjoy the benefits of sleep apnea treatment in Brentwood, CA immediately, with more energy during the day and quieter, more restful sleep at night!
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