Sleep Apnea Treatment at Mountain View, CA
Sleep apnea is a serious condition and in severe cases causes death. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in both children and adults where oxygen is not being properly received during sleep due to several possible issues, such as a person’s airway (windpipe) or the formation of a person’s teeth and tongue. These irregularities obstruct the airway when a person falls asleep. The tongue relaxes and falls back towards the back of the throat due to the arch of the teeth being narrow or constricted.
Not all patients with sleep apnea snore and not all patients who snore have the sleep apnea condition. However, it is common for patients who snore to have sleep apnea.
The best way to learn if you or a loved one has sleep apnea is to contact our office for Dr. Chris Chui, our sleep apnea expert to evaluate your case. With a combination of a dental exam and a home sleep study test, Dr. Chui can help determine if you or a loved one has sleep apnea. If sleep apnea has been diagnosed, in many cases a dental appliance can be designed to help correct the position of the jaw and tongue so that the airway is no longer obstructed and the proper airway flow happens and ample level of oxygen enters the lungs and bloodstream.
CPAP Severe Sleep Apnea Treatment:
For the more severe sleep apnea cases, we can partner with Dr. Tony Masri and his sleep experts for help with CPAP treatment. https://www.elcaminohospital.org/doctors/tony-masri
Does My Medical or Dental Insurance Cover Sleep Apnea Appliance?
The cost of sleep apnea appliances is not currently covered by dental insurances. However, sometimes it can be covered by medical insurances. Call our office to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Chris Chui. Don’t spend another night feeling tired because your body did not receive the best levels of oxygen or a good night’s rest. Poor sleep may be an indication that you are not breathing well and might have issues with your airway possibly caused by sleep apnea.
Inflammation in the body is also aggravated by poor oxygen levels. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and other medical conditions of connective tissues and organs can be at risk when a patient has sleep apnea. Call today for your no charge consultation and examination by Dr. Chris Chui.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms:
Patients fall asleep and unintentionally hold their breath for short intervals of time.. These periods of no air and the patient holding their breath can be for small fractions of time, and in severe cases for a minute or more at a time. Collectively this disruptive breathing pattern causes tremendous stress to the heart. It also causes the blood levels to flow throughout the body with extremely low levels of oxygen, which causes the tissues to become oxidized and become inflamed. This also causes long-term damage to tissues throughout the body.
In some cases, the heart can become stressed to a level of causing a heart attack.
Driving and operating machinery can also become dangerous for sleep apnea patients. A simple test can help discover if you are at risk. Your medical insurance can partially pay for the treatment.
Some signs that you might have Sleep Apnea are:
- Dozing off any time before bedtime
- Ongoing physical fatigue
- Chronic depression
- Regular irritability
- Poor concentration and ADHD behaviour
- Frequent memory lapses
- Difficulty remembering simple facts or schedules
- Sexual dysfunction or libido loss
- Weight gain
- Increased incidents of illness
- Grinding your teeth
- Snoring or audibly choking at night
Sleep Apnea Consequences:
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart Arrhythmia
- Car crashes
Sleep apnea sufferers are up to 700% more likely to have an automobile accident than drunk drivers. Some studies suggest that patients suffering from sleep apnea for a decade or more will lose 20% to 50% of their natural lifespan. Mountain View sleep apnea dentists treat this condition very seriously.
Sleep Apnea Causes:
Sleep apnea is almost always caused by a physical blockage of your airway, which is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This occurs when the soft tissue in your throat becomes loose or large and repeatedly flops back to block your airways. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids take up airway’s space and can contribute to sleep apnea. Increased weight also increases the weight in your cheeks and neck, which can drive your jaw back and block your airway. An especially narrow palate, which is often genetic or a result of orthodontic treatment, can leave little room for the tongue, consequently driving it back into the airway during sleep. A few sleep apnea sufferers may simply be born with an abnormally small airway. More rare is Central Sleep Apnea, in which your brain does not always send proper signals to your muscles that control breathing.
Regardless of the root cause of obstructive sleep apnea, an oral appliance created by Mountain View sleep apnea dentists Dr. Bill Hall, Dr. Tiffany Chan, and Dr. J. Janice Chou can treat it by opening the airway and allowing natural and necessary airflow.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors:
Sleep apnea can affect anybody of any age. The National Sleep Foundation estimates 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and this includes children. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicate puts this number at 25 million. It’s difficult to say what percent of people have sleep apnea because about 90% of sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed. Mountain View sleep apnea dentists are trying to reverse this trend. If any of the followings apply to you, you may be at an increased risk of sleep apnea:
- Excess weight, as fat deposits in your cheeks can exert further pressure on your jaw to slide back and obstruct your airway
- Neck circumference greater than 17 inches (43cm), which exerts more weight on your jaw and airway
- Use of alcohol or sedatives, which overly relax your neck muscles and allow them to more easily collapse into your airway
- Smoking, which narrows the throat and increases inflammation and fluid retention (smokers are 300% more likely to have sleep apnea)
- Naturally narrow airway, due to genetics or the presence of large tonsils and adenoids (which can easily be removed)
- Old age, as our tissue becomes looser with age and are more likely so slip back into our airway
- Being male, as men are twice as likely to suffer from sleep apnea compared to women
Sleep Apnea Treatment:
Traditionally sleep apnea has been treated with a C-PAP. This device firmly wraps around your nose, mouth, and chin (similar to a pilot mask), and forces air down your throat as you sleep. This positive air pressure inflates and opens your airway. It also makes many patients feel claustrophobic and unable to sleep.
Mountain View sleep apnea dentists Dr. Bill Hall, Dr. Tiffany Chan, and Dr. J. Janice Chou treat obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance. This bio-compatible, FDA-approved, clinically tested device snaps onto your upper and lower teeth and advances your jaw forward. Before beginning sleep apnea treatment at Smiles Dental Care, we first need a recent sleep study and a simple in-office evaluation.
Call Mountain View dentists Dr. Bill Hall, Dr. Tiffany Chan, and Dr. J. Janice Chou at (650) 964-2626 to schedule a consultation today!
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Meet Chris Chui D.D.S. – General Dentistry and Sleep Apnea Specialist
Dr. Chris Chui is a general dentist who has great experience in the subject of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has successfully treated numerous patients with snoring and sleep apnea issues. He utilizes the latest technology and the most up-to-date dental appliances to tackle the patients with sleep issues that a lot of Primary Care Providers and Board Certified Sleep Physicians could not treat.
Dr. Chris Chui has been a leading family dentist in the San Francisco Bay Area with expertise in Sleep Apnea, TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction) and orthopedic development for both children and adults. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and of UC San Francisco as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Chui has been continuously recognized for his stellar work and genuine patient caring, receiving prestigious accolades such as KRON4 News Best of the Bay Dentist, America’s Top Dentist, Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Fellow of the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics.
Dr. Chris Chui will be offering free consultations to all the patients regarding sleep issues such as snoring, sleep issues and potential sleep apnea problems