Seek sleep apnea treatment at a Century City, CA area dental practice
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that affects many Americans but often goes undiagnosed. That may be because many of the signs are noticed by sleeping partners and not by the individual themselves. Even the symptoms that occur during the daytime, such as fatigue, may not be effectively traced back to the condition. Dr. Meredith Levine of Century City, CA, is a dentist who understands how the primary treatment option, the CPAP machine, can be cumbersome, uncomfortable, and challenging to travel with. That is why she may recommend to patients an alternative solution such as oral appliance therapy.
What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Chronic snoring
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Increased depression and anxiety
- Poor memory and concentration
- Morning headaches
What are the causes of obstructive sleep apnea?
With obstructive sleep apnea, there is a blockage in the airways. It may be caused by loose tissue in the mouth, the tongue falling back towards the throat, or excess fat around the neck closing the airways during rest.
Is there a cure for obstructive sleep apnea?
At this point, there is no cure, but there are ways to treat the condition to ensure patients are getting the deep and restorative levels of sleep they need. While the CPAP remains one of the most common treatments for patients diagnosed with this condition, it is not always the most comfortable. Because of how uncomfortable this device can be, many patients stop using the device and experience the problems associated with the condition again. Instead, Dr. Meredith Levine recommends the use of an oral appliance. The oral appliance devices available at her practice include:
- TAP 3 (Thornton Adjustable Positioner)
- OASYS appliance
- Klearway™ appliance
- Herbst telescopic appliance
Call Dr. Meredith Levine today
If you notice the obstructive sleep apnea signs and symptoms that indicate you have this condition. You can obtain a proper diagnosis by visiting your primary care physician or participating in a sleep study referral. Once you have your diagnosis, you can work with our dentist to seek alternative treatments from the traditional CPAP device. Call us at (424) 358-3811 to request an appointment with our team and speak to a professional about your treatment options. The office is located in Century City, California, at 2080 Century Park East, Suite #1516, and accepts new and returning patients.