Dental Sleep Medicine

6The South Bay Headache, TMJ & Orofacial Pain Institute provides alternative and effective treatment approaches for patients who are unable to tolerate CPAP devices.

If CPAP has failed you, Don’t Give Up, there is an alternative!

CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, has historically been one of the most common treatments for a condition like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). CPAP remains the “gold standard” in sleep apnea treatment and has truly reclaimed many people’s lives. The problem is that it is terribly inconvenient to use.  It is bulky and difficult to travel with and requires expensive expendable accessories, nightly sanitization of equipment, special pillows, etc. The equipment can also interfere with the quality of the sleep partner’s rest. In fact, some patients may find that CPAP exacerbates certain symptoms while also leading to new ones they weren’t experiencing before treatment began. All of these are significant reasons to create non-compliance.

Signs of CPAP intolerance include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Skin, eye, or sinus irritations
  • Bloating
  • Anxiety
  • Claustrophobia
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Continued drowsiness

Fortunately, OSA and snoring are treatable! CPAP isn’t the only treatment option for patients who struggle with OSA and snoring. Intra-oral devices have been shown to be effective for sleep apnea, snoring and are better tolerated. With revolutionary oral appliance therapy, our patients from South Bay and beyond have an alternative to overcoming obstruction, side effects and getting the full night of restful sleep, better general health and improved quality of life they deserve.

Oral Appliance Therapy – A Predictable Alternative to CPAP

Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive, simple, comfortable method for treatment and leads to better compliance. This translates into a happier, healthier you! An oral appliance, also called mandibular advancement device, is a small acrylic appliance that fits over the upper and lower teeth (similar to an orthodontic retainer or night guard). This device slightly advances the lower jaw, moving the base of the tongue forward and opening the airway. This improves breathing and reduces snoring and sleep apnea. The appliance is fabricated and must be highly customized for each patient’ individual needs. The appliances are comfortable and well tolerated by most patients. They are easy to place and remove, easy to clean and, and are very convenient for travel.

 

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CPAP vs Oral Appliances:

Dr. Paul Grin at South Bay Headache, TMJ & Orofacial Pain Institute, Center for Dental Sleep Medicine and CPAP Intolerance has the advanced skills and expertise to evaluate, fit and
follow – up you with a FDA approved medical, custom oral dental appliance. Once the device has been adjusted the patient returns for a follow-up home sleep study to determine the actual change in oxygen saturation and efficacy of the appliance.

Don’t Ignore That Snore Anymore

Sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea can increase the risk of hypertension, heart disease and strokes. It can also lead to serious illness and major accidents. Sleep apnea sufferers are over 300% more liable to be involved in a fatal car crash.

If you think that you or a loved one may have a sleep disorder, it’s important not to ignore it. Sometimes snoring and other symptoms can be a sign of something much more serious.

Why Choose The South Bay Headache, TMJ & Orofacial Pain Institute?

Our Dental Sleep Medicine Department is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the gold standard by which the services provided by an institute are e5valuated. Dr. Paul Grin and staff follow stringent standards established by the AASM to provide the best care for those with sleep-related problems or disorders.

Our licensed, registered, highly-trained and dedicated dental medicine sleep team works hard to provide individualized care of each of our patients. We want everyone who comes to us to experience a better quality of sleep each night in order to greatly improve their overall health.

 

Our core values of excellent service, quality, teamwork, professionalism and patient advocacy are woven in to each and every part of your treatment with us. We firmly believe that understanding and compassion for our patients is key to proper diagnosis and treatment.

 

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             310-933-3077 or Email US today!

 

 

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