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At our office, we believe that understanding and education can make a huge difference in the lives of our patients. Patients who learn about their dental health and take steps to be proactive have better outcomes. We will take every opportunity to discuss your dental health with you, and we will always provide information so that you can make the health decisions that are right for you.
If you ever have a question about the care you receive at our office or a dental treatment or procedure, don't hesitate to ask. You can always give us a call or contact us using our convenient online form. We've compiled a selection of the questions we are most commonly asked. Feel free to take a look. If your question isn't answered here or you need more information, let us know so we can help.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
All dentists, including Dr. Jeffrey Robertson, must undergo training in order to be able to treat obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. Additionally, it will still be necessary for you to receive a diagnosis from an accredited sleep clinic. You will need to obtain a referral from your doctor in order to have a sleep study.
The AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) recommends treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea with oral appliances if you do not tolerate or do not wish to use the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine for treatment of your obstructive sleep apnea.
Therapy for Sleep Apnea
It is true; many patients do not tolerate the CPAP machine and find oral appliance therapy a highly successful and convenient form of treatment. Oral appliances generally work by moving your lower jaw forward in order to open your airway. By keeping those muscles taut at the back of your throat, you will get better sleep with reduced or eliminated snoring.
When you contact our Irvine, CA dental office for treatment of sleep apnea, you are in good hands. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson will provide you with accurate information and an honest recommendation for treatment that best supports your overall health and wellness.
The type of oral appliance we use to treat your sleep apnea will depend on your particular symptoms and condition. Once you receive an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis through an accredited sleep study clinic, you may choose to have an oral appliance instead of a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. While CPAP machines are highly effective in the treatment of sleep apnea, many patients do not tolerate them well and have difficulty sleeping.
Types of Oral Appliances
According to the AASM, oral appliances are effective as a treatment for minor to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances typically work in one of two ways. They either gently move your lower jaw forward, opening your airway, or they gently pull your tongue forward using a suction bulb, achieving the same result.
The first type of appliance is much more common and is effective for most people with obstructive sleep apnea. If you have questions about whether treatment with an oral appliance is right for your obstructive sleep apnea, call our Irvine, California dental office for an evaluation.
Snoring can be one of the most frustrating experiences for the spouse or partner of someone who snores. Many patients share stories of being able to hear someone snoring even down a long hallway in another room. Unfortunately, when a spouse snores, often the couple splits up to sleep in two separate rooms. As you can imagine, this creates a strain on even the very best of relationships.
Finding Snoring Relief
Dr. Jeffrey Robertson treats hundreds of desperate patients each year for snoring relief. He sympathizes with patients who suffer from snoring because he understands how disruptive it is.
That is why he decided to create special oral appliances in order to help patients get relief from snoring. He offers different types of oral appliances all designed to help open your airway. Some appliances help by keeping your lower jaw forward in order to open your airway at your throat or to keep your tongue from sliding back to block your throat and restrict air.
When you come to our office for snoring relief, you will find a compassionate team sensitive to your struggles. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson looks forward to offering his expertise to increase your restful sleep and your quality of life. Call today to schedule an evaluation.
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, is a potentially dangerous condition because it blocks your airway as you sleep. This can cause periodic bouts of not breathing, which causes a number of health conditions such as high blood pressure, strokes, fatigue, and depression.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a medical professional and involves a sleep study at an accredited sleep clinic. Once diagnosis occurs, you may be prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine to relieve your symptoms. Most patients get the relief they need from the CPAP machine, but some do not. That is where we can help.
Mouth Guard for Sleep Apnea
For those patients with mild cases of sleep apnea who do not tolerate the CPAP machine well, Dr. Jeffrey Robertson offers an alternative in the form of a dental appliance worn at night. This custom made appliance gently moves the lower jaw forward in order to open your airway and allow for the unobstructed breath necessary to keep you healthy and provide a good night’s sleep.
For more information about sleep apnea alternatives, contact our Irvine, CA office. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson can help you achieve a healthy and restful night’s sleep and improve your health and quality of life.
While we don’t know the cause of obstructive sleep apnea for every patient, certain risk factors increase your chances:
- Being male
- Over 60 years of age
- Overweight or obese
- Thick neck circumference
- Small airway
- Enlarged tonsils
- Lack of muscle tone in throat
- Family history
Obstructive sleep apnea is dangerous when left untreated. If you received a diagnosis of sleep apnea, chances are your doctor recommended a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. The fact is that some people just cannot get comfortable at night wearing a CPAP mask, or they end up removing the mask in the middle of the night, defeating the purpose of treatment.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Recent scientific evidence points to the effectiveness of oral appliances in the treatment of sleep apnea. Our oral appliances are custom made and designed to help open your airway so that appropriate air flow is unrestricted. They assist in keeping your tongue from sliding back and blocking your airway or gently slide your lower jaw forward, opening your airway.
Our patients tell us how much our sleep apnea devices have changed their lives. They are both comfortable and effective and most people get used to wearing them after only a short time. They are not bulky and allow you to sleep in any position that feels comfortable to you without tubes or a mask. Call our office today to schedule your consultation to see if you can benefit from oral appliance therapy.
We do not completely understand every reason for snoring. However, we do know that certain behaviors and conditions increase the likelihood that you will snore. Some of the more preventable behaviors include alcohol use, being overweight, and the use of sleeping pills.
Reduce Your Snoring
Losing weight and minimizing or eliminating the use of drugs and alcohol can dramatically improve your symptoms. Extra weight, alcohol use, and use of sleeping pills all increase the pressure on your throat from excess weight or from being overly relaxed. That pressure is what creates the loud vibrations.
It may seem impossible to lose weight, but even a small weight loss of 5-10% of your body weight can have a positive effect on your overall health and the symptoms of snoring.
Patients often express concerns over giving up alcohol, but alcohol actually interrupts your sleep. You may think you sleep better when you have a few drinks, but scientific studies show your rest is not as deep or satisfying.
When people give up sleeping pills, they often have a short adjustment period where their bodies return to normal and no longer depend on sleeping pills for sleep, but the withdrawal symptoms are generally over quickly.
If you would like more advice about how to reduce or eliminate your snoring, call our office and we will be happy to help.
While the cause of snoring is often not known for sure, but certain risk factors increase the chances of snoring in certain individuals.
- Males snore more than females
- Thick neck circumference
- Swollen tonsils
- Nasal polyps
- Deformed septum
- A large tongue
- Alcohol use
- Sleeping pills or sedatives
Snoring can disrupt sleep for the whole family when it is severe and it may be a sign of another serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. If we suspect obstructive sleep apnea, we may refer you to a sleep clinic to confirm a diagnosis in order to know how to properly treat you.
Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills may also help improve your sleep by lessening snoring. Alcohol and sleeping pills sometimes over-relax the muscles at the back of the throat, causing an obstruction.
At Dr. Jeffrey Robertson’s office, we typically treat snoring with an oral appliance designed to help open your airway and prevent or lessen snoring. Our patients report success with our oral appliances and note that they are comfortable to wear and allow them to get a better quality of sleep.
No good reason exists for you to go through life with disrupted sleep. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson sees hundreds of patients each year for snoring with excellent results. We welcome you to call and make an appointment.
When most people refer to sleep apnea, they mean obstructive sleep apnea, caused by a restricted airway while you sleep. Some of the symptoms are loud snoring and interrupted breathing. The result is increased risks to your health including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Extra tissue at the back of your throat cuts off your airway and prevents you from breathing normally. You may not get enough sleep, as a result. Even if you feel you slept an entire night, you may not get the quality deep sleep that allows your body to rejuvenate.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Loud snoring is a disruption, not only for your sleep, but for your partner’s sleep as well. Additionally, your partner may report that you stop breathing during the night.
If you sleep alone, the first symptom may be that you feel like you never get enough sleep. You may be in bed for eight hours, but never feel completely rested or refreshed. If you have prolonged symptoms of fatigue, it may be beneficial for you to get a referral from your primary care doctor in order to participate in a sleep study. A sleep study will monitor your quality of sleep and be able to tell you if you suffer from sleep apnea. Here at our office in Irvine, CA, we offer solutions for your sleep apnea. Call our office today!
People snore when the tissues in the back of their throats obstruct their airway. The obstruction creates a vibration as air moves in and out of the individual’s airway.
Snoring can put a real strain on even the best of relationships. It is even a common reason for divorce. When snoring causes one partner to move to another room entirely, it puts a strain on intimacy and creates negative feelings.
Snoring treatment is not a one-size-fits-all practice. In order to find out how to best treat your snoring symptoms, we need to do an evaluation and find out some things about your medical history.
Factors of Snoring
Some factors increase the likelihood of snoring. First, males snore more than females. Second, obese, and overweight people suffer from snoring especially if they have an increased neck circumference that adds additional pressure to their airway. Third, your anatomy may contribute to snoring because of the tissues located at the back of your throat. Fourth, having a deformed nasal septum contributes to snoring. Fifth, the use of alcohol increases snoring. Sixth, the use of sleeping pills or prescription sedatives may relax the throat more than usual, causing snoring.