Sleep apnea is more than just an annoying snore and can lead to serious health problems if not taken care of properly.
If you’re suffering from headaches, snoring and unexplained fatigue as well as choking or gasping for air in your sleep, we encourage you to consider if you might have sleep apnea and learn as much as you can about the signs, symptoms and solutions.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by the tongue or jaw or some other oral obstruction blocking the airway during sleep. This causes a patient to stop breathing periodically through the night and can have a severe impact on their rest and overall health. Sleep apnea is often successfully treated with oral appliance therapy or a CPAP machine. However, some severe cases may require surgery to widen the airway, reduce the size of the tongue or remove the oral obstruction. Surgery is generally viewed as a last resort and performed only when other treatments haven’t worked.
A CPAP machine uses a hose attached to a mask worn over the face at night to increase air pressure in the throat so the airway remains open when sleeping. CPAP machines can be uncomfortable and difficult to travel with, which is why we offer the leading alternative for treating sleep apnea.
Oral appliance therapy is by far the most common and effective treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Similar in appearance to a double retainer, an oral appliance is designed to either shift the lower jaw forward or retain the tongue to keep it from falling back into the throat. Oral appliances are typically worn at night and are custom fit to each patient.
Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as weight management, surgery or a CPAP. Custom-made oral appliances are proven to be more effective than over-the-counter devices. We do not recommend over-the-counter devices for sleep apnea treatment.
Dr. David Hernandez is highly trained in delivering oral appliance therapy and can create a custom-made appliance.
Oral appliances are a frontline treatment for patients with mild to moderate OSA. At HD Dental, we provide custom-made oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea patients following a careful diagnosis and personalized treatment plan to ensure satisfying results.
Dr. David Hernandez
Not every dentist is qualified to treat obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. However, at HD Dental, we are.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS FROM HD DENTAL
Dr. Hernandez is proficient at diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea and has been treating sleep apnea for over XX years. They will walk you through a thorough consultation process to help you determine the very best treatment option for your unique situation.
A PRICE YOU CAN AFFORD
We don’t want cost to keep you from receiving the treatment you need. Our team at HD Dental offers various financing options to make your oral appliance more affordable, and we will work with you to create a payment plan that meets your needs and budget.
We use a top-of-the-line sleep apnea material that on the market with the latest breakthroughs to ensure the best possible results for our patients.
WE TREAT YOU LIKE FAMILY. Most important about your dental experience here is the fact that you will be treated like family. As always, our caring team will make your needs a priority and look after you from start to finish.
A PLAN IN PLACE. Your treatment doesn’t end when you take your oral appliance home. We are committed to regularly monitoring the effectiveness of your oral appliance and the impact it’s having on improving your sleep. Your treatment plan will included follow-up visits and consultations for as long as necessary.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and cannot wear a CPAP, do not despair. Dr. David Hernandez can construct an oral appliance that will help keep your airway open as you sleep, helping you feel relaxed and rejuvenated following sleep instead of tired!
An oral appliance is the leading alternative to the CPAP.
Oral Appliance - This appliance looks like a retainer or athletic mouth guard and is designed to position the jaw slightly forward to open the airway and protects against the negative effects of teeth grinding caused by sleep breathing issues.
CPAP - This treatment uses mild air pressure applied through a nasal mask to keep the airways open during sleep.
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, we suggest coming in for a sleep assessment to determine if you are a candidate for an oral appliance!
Our Consultation or Second Opinion Includes:
One-on-One Detailed Diagnosis - You will have a 1-on-1 consultation to discuss your needs and determine if you are a candidate for treatment. If necessary, x-rays and a sleep test will be administered.
Custom Treatment Planning — We will explain the details of your treatment plan and how your custom oral appliance will be created. We will have you sleeping soundly again soon!
Upfront Pricing — We want your care to be as affordable as possible and without any surprises. We will go over the cost of treatment before we begin.