Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy) in Sherman Oaks, CA
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What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is recognized as persistent pauses in your breathing while you sleep. This is the result of your muscles relaxing and gravity pulling your airways closed. The momentary suffocation that results creates excessive strain on the body, which may lead to heart complications, such as memory loss, mood change, weight gain, fatigue, and hypertension. There are many sleep or snoring apnea treatments available ranging from airway surgeries, such as a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, or a CPAP machine. Sometimes, people aren't satisfied with these solutions. In these situations, they might turn to dental options to help solve the problem. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts in Sherman Oaks, CA, we produce customized night guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Dr. Husam Elias is proud to offer you this easy, reliable service to help you attain better health and wellness.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Husam Elias at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts is treated with a variety of therapies. The first is oral appliance therapy (OAT), which can be quite an effective therapy for sleep apnea. It is a customized device that fits in your mouth at night, like a mouth guard for sports or a retainer. The main difference is that rather than guarding your teeth against injury, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. You will also have digital x-rays performed so that Dr. Elias is able to create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance. After your dental appliance has been made at the technologically advanced dental lab, you will return to our office for a fitting. Southern California Center for Surgical Arts will contact you to set up a follow-up appointment. Dr. Elias will adjust and fit it according to your needs to get it as comfortable as possible. Dr. Elias will want you to bring your device to checkups and return it every year to examine it for wear and tear. Your quality of life should dramatically improve if you carefully follow our instructions.
A second option is a nasal CPAP machine. This may be recommended to be worn as you sleep, delivering pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit the obstruction of the passage.
One of your surgical options includes uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which will remove or remodel excess tissue in the throat. The surgery is performed in the back of the soft palate and the throat, often containing excess tissue that when cleared may open up the airway and make breathing less labored. Similarly, a laser-assisted UPP (LAUPP) uses a radiofrequency probe in the hopes of achieving the same results. In more complex cases, a UPP may be combined with jaw surgery to reposition the jaw in order to widen the airway.
Southern California Center for Surgical Arts Reviews
My experience with this office was absolutely stellar. Firstly, the staff welcomes you warmly when you arrive. Diana (doctor’s assistant) met me in the exam room. Diana has a way of instantly making you feel comfortable and any nervousness you may be feeling is dissipated.... Because you can’t stop laughing. Then enters Dr. Elias.... He is extremely approachable, honest, and knowledgeable. It doesn’t hurt that he has multiple degrees. I am ecstatic that I found this business:
Dr. Elias pulled my wisdom teeth out like they called his mamma fat or something! Surgery was quick and basically painless. Didn’t need any of the pain meds and was back at work two days later looking like a snack. Diane was the nurse that took care of me for most of the process and she was so wonderful, kind, funny and sweet. If my wisdom teeth every grow back, I will definitely be coming back to Dr. Elias immediately. Thank you!
He did Facetite on me on a Friday and I was back to work on Monday - Dr. Elias is wonderful! He did Facetite on me on a Friday and I was back to work on Monday. He's a true artist & perfectionist! He's really good at injectables as well. I get Botox & fillers all the time with him. The staff is very friendly!
Excellent, clear communication, professional. Great staff with a fun vibe. Clean office. Lots of follow ups and no issues with my dental implant! Everyone was A+.
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Rest better at night
If you wake up feeling tired and feel like you never get a full night's rest, you may be suffering from snoring and sleep apnea. We encourage you to arrange an appointment at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at your earliest convenience. We have a variety of options that can treat these conditions and help you rest well and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your day.