The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by persistent stops in your breathing while you sleep and can affect both adults and children alike. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The short-term suffocation that results creates an 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 and offer the HealthyStart treatment protocol for children to bring relief to our sleep apnea patients. Experienced dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham is pleased to provide this easy, comfortable, and dependable treatment that can help you and your family attain improved health and well-being.
Sleep-disordered breathing can affect patients of any age and commonly occurs in the childhood years. At LifeTime Smiles of OC, Dr. Abraham is pleased to offer the HealthyStart treatment approach for targeting the fundamental causes of sleep disorders in pediatric patients. This approach utilizes a custom oral appliance, similar to a night guard, that is worn in the mouth while your child sleeps. By bringing the lower jaw forward, its unique design helps develop and maintain an open airway during sleep while minimizing and addressing oral issues that may impede proper breathing, such as crowded teeth, tongue thrust, and narrow arches. Treating sleep-disordered breathing early in life can improve your child's oral function, general health, and reduce the chance of needing future orthodontic care.
"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
"So happy Dr. Abraham and his team were able to squeeze me in for a last minute root canal. They did such a great job! Ana and Dr. Abraham explained everything they we're doing and walked me though the whole process. It was pretty quick, painless and everything ran smoothly. I definitely recommend the LifeTime Smiles if OC team!"- N.P. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"The staff is AMAZING! I had a dental emergency while on vacation and as soon as I got back they worked me in immediately. Dr Abraham did an awesome job and throughout the procedure he made sure I was comfortable as well as informed with what he was doing. His assistant Ana was just as amazing with her kindness, patience, and knowledge. You can’t even tell part of my front tooth was missing, I can’t thank them enough!! 10/10 would recommend for any procedure for any age!"- B.T. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"I've been coming here for a few years now and I will say it is, by far, the best experience I've had at a dentist's office. Super friendly staff and amazing dental work."- S.G. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"Very welcoming!"- L.R. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
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 affordable, 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 or your child 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.
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