The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by persistent stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The short-term suffocation that results creates excessive strain on the body, which may cause additional complications like memory loss, mood change, weight gain, fatigue, and hypertension. There are many sleep apnea or snoring treatment alternatives to choose from varying from airway surgeries, such as an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy, or a CPAP device. Sometimes people are not happy with these solutions. In these instances, they may turn to dental options to help solve the condition. At LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Experienced dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham is pleased to provide this easy, comfortable, and dependable treatment that will help you attain improved health and well-being.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"Great service! Good professional work! A++"- R.L. / Yelp / Jun 20, 2019
"Lifetime Smiles of OC is the best! If you’re looking for a friendly, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and gentle dentist, look no further! Dr. Abraham is second to none, he keeps up with current procedures, products, education, and anything that makes going to the dentist easy for his patients. As a matter of fact, when you go there, you feel like family, not just a nameless person. Dr. Abraham is the BEST at giving shots, totally painless and he constantly checks to make sure you’re comfortable. I have a problem staying numb, he stops at the slightest raise of my hand and gives me more Novocain. He explains everything in great detail and makes sure I understand what he’s doing and why. He takes the fear out of going to the dentist, I actually look forward to seeing him and we talk about a common interest, food. Ana, Raquel, and Haley run the front office. As soon as you walk in, they greet you and ask how you’re doing. They’re so friendly, efficient and professional, they answer questions about insurance, appointments, services, and send out reminders for upcoming appointments. My husband usually has Saturday appointments, but if an opening for a late afternoon appointment is available they’ll call and see if he’d like to go in. Now that’s great service! Jon is an amazing hygienist, he’s so thorough and knowledgeable. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, he keeps me accountable and consistent with my dental health. About a year ago he noticed I had small cracks on some of my teeth, my bite was off and it was damaging my teeth. He recommended Invisalign, thank you Jon! I love my smile and my teeth are straight. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants straight teeth with getting braces, no one ever noticed I was wearing the Invisalign trays. Naomi and Ana are awesome dental assistants. They’re both very gentle, caring, nice, professional, and friendly. They work so well with Dr. Abraham and take great pride in doing a wonderful job. When they’ve make temporary crowns for me they’re so comfortable, it’s a shame they have to be removed. The office has been remodeled and is beautiful! They have a Keurig, a refrigerator with filled water bottles, and a play area for children. The dental area is super clean and well equipped. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, have no fear, you won’t be judged and you will be welcomed. They all genuinely care about your dental health, how to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth."- N.A. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
"I love going to this wonderful place , they’re so friendly and kind and full of joy and smiles !!!! Great for families!!!"- D.T. / Google / Jun 12, 2019
"Update: 6/2019 Oscar no longer works at Lifetime Smiles, but Naomi and Ana are amazing. They work well with Dr. Abraham, making sure your comfortable, and not in any pain. They're both friendly and very knowledgeable."- L.C. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2019
People who suffer from severe sleep apnea are not great candidates for a dental-based remedy. In these cases, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine might be among the best choices. However, in case you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental remedy might be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea may be harmful because it stops you from breathing normally hundreds of times every night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, keeping oxygen from getting to your brain and other organs. So naturally, it's critical to have it treated and diagnosed properly using the very best options available. Dr. Abraham also utilizes the Philips Alice NightOne machine to help in the diagnosis of sleep apnea through at-home studies.
What To Expect
Sleep apnea therapy by Dr. Abraham at LifeTime Smiles of OC uses what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be quite an effective treatment for sleep apnea. It's a customized device that fits in your mouth at night while you sleep. It is often compared to a mouth guard used during sports activities or even a retainer. The main difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from harm, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred distinct versions on the market so Dr. Abraham will work together with you to be certain you receive the most suitable one for your needs. This may be determined after he performs an assessment of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You'll also have oral x-rays taken so that Dr. Abraham is able to create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.
After your dental appliance has been created, you will return to our office for a fitting. LifeTime Smiles of OC will contact you to set up your follow-up appointment. Dr. Abraham will adjust and fit the device according to your requirements to make it as comfortable as possible. He will make sure to allow ample time to teach you about your sleep apnea appliance to include the proper way to clean, store, and maintain it. Dr. Abraham will ask you to bring your mouthpiece to future appointments and return every year to watch for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.
Insurance policies for sleep apnea therapies may fluctuate; therefore, we'll contact your dental insurance carrier to help us determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you carry dental insurance or not, Dr. Abraham can give you price estimates while talking about your treatment choices. To help make your dental treatments cheaper, LifeTime Smiles of OC takes several payment methods and might have the ability to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.
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Sleep Apnea Treatments
If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your own airway being obstructed, you'd seek help straight away. However, if the exact same thing occurs during your sleep, it may be all too simple to ignore as you won't recall it when you wake up. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we invite you to schedule an appointment at LifeTime Smiles of OC at your first convenience to learn more.