Sleep Apnea

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Are you getting restful, rejuvenating sleep? If you’re living with sleep apnea, the answer is most likely no. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to get the oxygen you need throughout the night. At her dental practice, Hyun S. Bang, DDS, and the team can fit you with oral appliance therapy that restores the quality of your sleep. To learn more, call the San Francisco office or book your appointment online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs only while you’re asleep. When your body is in that restful state, something occurs that prevents you from breathing normally, causing your breathing to stop and start.

This break in breathing can occur hundreds of time throughout the night, depriving your body of the oxygen it needs.

As a result, it’s important to take sleep apnea seriously. Some of the primary symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • A headache in the morning
  • Fatigue
  • A dry mouth when you wake up
  • Loud snoring
  • Trouble sleeping through the night
  • Trouble paying attention during the day

One of the most effective ways to become aware of sleep apnea is to share a room with another person. If someone has ever told you that it sounds like you stop breathing during the night, you may have sleep apnea.

What can I do about my sleep apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, don’t worry. While you might immediately think you need a complicated device (i.e., a CPAP machine) to help you breathe normally during the night, Hyun S. Bang, DDS, offers oral appliance therapy.

This treatment helps you rest easy without the extensive hookups or the rigorous cleaning process required for CPAP maintenance.

What is oral appliance therapy?

This is an effective sleep apnea treatment that rests comfortably in your mouth throughout the night. And you only need to wear it while you’re in bed, so you never need to worry about it getting in the way of your daily life.

The most common type of oral appliance therapy — a mandibular advancement device (MAD) — looks and feels a lot like a sports mouthguard. You slip it into place at night to ease your lower jaw comfortably forward, ensuring your airways stay clear.

Other types of oral appliance therapy, like tongue retaining devices, are equally simple. The sleep apnea specialists at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, can diagnose your specific type of sleep apnea and help you find the right type of treatment to get a restful night of quality sleep.

Don’t let sleep apnea rob you of a good night’s rest. To learn more about your options, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or schedule your appointment online.