Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dentist in Long Beach, CA
Are you struggling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Dr. McBride treats sleep apnea with state-of-the-art oral appliances!
Sleep Apnea is a disruptive and surprisingly common condition, most always accompanied by snoring, that can have serious health consequences for the sufferer. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient experiences a pause in breathing during sleep; these “apnea events” can last anywhere from several seconds to several minutes.
Chronic, untreated sleep apnea prevents your body from getting enough oxygen during the night. Your body needs oxygen to function well and repair itself. Emerging research shows that sleep apnea can actually increase your likelihood of suffering from a number of whole-body health issues:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
The traditional treatment for Sleep Apnea is the CPAP machine. CPAP stands for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure,” and this machine delivers a steady stream of forceful air to the patient’s airway, either through a mouth or nose mask apparatus. Unfortunately, this treatment method has a high rate of intolerance due to many factors such as bulk of the mask, restricted movement during sleep, drying out of the mouth and airway, claustrophobia, air,/gas in stomach, etc.
There are also sleep apnea mouthpieces available including Tongue Retaining Devices (TRD) and Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD). These devices have a number of drawbacks, respectively, including discomfort, problems swallowing, and TMJ issues.
At the Dental Wellness Center, we offer an innovative alternative to these traditional treatments. Dr. Bryan Keropian has developed an oral device that is designed to lower the patient’s tongue during sleep. Embedded in this oral appliance are small tubes that gently deliver 93% oxygen from an oxygen concentrator. Our sleep apnea team has found that this oral appliance is truly transformative to many sleep apnea sufferers.
Why do so many patients choose Long Beach dentist Dr. McBride for sleep apnea treatment?
State-of-the-Art Sleep Apnea Solutions
Our dental team offers effective alternatives to traditional CPAP, MAD, and TRD treatments, which can be hard for people to live with day-to-day. The Dental Wellness Center is proud to be an early adopter of Dr. Keropian’s innovative sleep apnea oral appliance. Sleep studies have shown that Dr. Keropian’s sleep apnea device is at least as effective CPAP, while being much more patient-friendly. To view Dr. Keropian’s results, download our Sleep Apnea Information Packet.
Fatigue, headaches, memory problems, and restless sleep all add stress to your daily life; that is why our dental team is committed to making sleep apnea treatment as simple, straightforward, and effective for you as possible. We offer flexible scheduling options to help you fit sleep apnea care into your life. We’ll can also help you coordinate with your insurance provider to help you make the most of your coverage.
Address Root Cause of Problem
It isn’t enough to simply alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea, like snoring; the more we know about the extent and root cause of your apnea, the better we can help you find a long-term solution. An in-lab or at-home sleep study will give us the detailed information that we need about how many apneic or hypopneic evens you’re experiencing, as well as your blood oxygen levels every night.