Sleep Apnea Treatment Could Save Your Life

May 21, 2018

Over 20 million Americans suffer from the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, also referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, only 5 percent have actually been treated for this condition. CPAP is not the only option.

Dr. Derek Hauser, DDS, at Lakefront Family Dentistry in Riverside County, California, has been treating patients with sleep apnea using the OPTISLEEP oral appliance with great success. He has been a family dentist and cosmetic specialist for 25 years. When patients schedule an exam, the private practice utilizes the most advanced dental imaging equipment called the Orthophos SL 2D and 3D.

This machine does more than view your teeth, roots and gum health. It also provides an accurate image of a patient’s airway. There are many reasons a person can have sleep apnea, which include: 

  • Large uvula
  • Tonsils
  • Soft tissue of the mouth and throat obstruction due to being overweight
  • Throat and tongue muscles are too relaxed

Going to your regular physician to obtain a referral for a nocturnal polysomnography with a sleep specialist can become quite expensive and inconvenient. At home sleep tests cannot detect problems that an advanced imaging machine can reveal. Self-testing does not provide you with the peace of mind to obtain accurate results.We combine 3D imaging with specialized home sleep testing to achieve the most accurate results.

Once your images are examined, Dr. Hauser will know if the patient qualifies for the OPTISLEEP oral appliance, which is less cumbersome and more comfortable than the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device. The oral sleep apnea appliances are approved by the FDA. It is designed to keep your throat open so the risk of having oxygen cut off during sleep is mitigated.

Investing in our patients’ health and providing the best possible care through technology and the right staff are extremely important in our private dental practice,” says Dr. Hauser.

Millions of people are impacted by this condition, and there are consequences that can be avoided, which include:

  • Depression
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Weight gain
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Snoring
  • Headaches
  • Loss of libido and sexual performance

If a patient has mild to moderate OSA, the OPTISLEEP oral appliance could be the perfect fit to increased health and a longer life by potentially reducing some or all of the conditions above. Even severe sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine have seen a reduction of up to 50% in their condition.

Studies show certain people are sensitive to intraluminal pressure, so the device can help alleviate sleep apnea significantly. The oral appliance has been shown to expand the upper airway at multiple levels and it counteracted the negative intraluminal pressure more effectively in certain regions.

Seniors as well as younger age groups can use the oral appliance. Additionally, no electricity is required and it is quite small to carry when traveling. Partners are not inconvenienced by the noise and space taken up by a CPAP machine. The benefits of improved health, reduced cost and convenience are priceless.

Use the Locator on OPTISLEEP’s website to see that Lakefront Family Dentistry is a provider of this potentially lifesaving oral appliance or contact the private practice to schedule an appointment directly.

About Lakefront Family Dentistry

Lakefront Family Dentistry treats patients in the Inland Empire, which is located Lake Elsinore, California. Dr. Hauser specializes in cosmetic dentistry using CEREC and uses the latest dental technology at this private practice. The five-star reviews on third-party websites written by patients detail how this practice excels at their profession while focusing on quality and patient satisfaction. 

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