Rancho Cucamonga Sleep Apnea Evaluations and Treatments

A good night's sleep is crucial to your overall health and wellness, but sleep apnea can make it difficult to get the rest you need. At the practice of Jia Y Lee DDS, INC, we provide quality sleep apnea evaluations and treatment to help you get better sleep, prevent health problems, and enhance your overall quality of life.

Our skilled and friendly team understands the importance of good sleep. We take a gentle yet comprehensive approach from evaluation to treatment. If you're looking for an evaluation or sleep apnea treatment in Rancho Cucamonga, schedule an appointment at our office today!


What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that causes breathing interruptions while sleeping. These pauses in breathing can last from a fraction of a second to minutes and usually occur multiple times throughout the night. The interruptions make it difficult for your body to get enough oxygen, forcing the body to wake up to regain normal breathing. The frequent interruptions result in poor sleep quality, which can build up over time and lead to various negative health effects.

The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. It usually occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax, leading to disruptions in breathing. Another potential cause is improper tongue position, where your tongue falls into the back of the throat and prevents airflow. To reopen the airway, you wake up. This is typically so brief that you may not remember waking up at all.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Because sleep apnea makes it difficult to enter the deeper stages of sleep, it can leave you feeling fatigued throughout the day. However, the periods of wakefulness at night are brief enough that many people have sleep apnea without realizing it. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to get evaluated for sleep apnea:

  • Difficulties falling or staying asleep
  • Chronic loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up with dry mouth, sore throat, or headaches
  • Irritability and trouble concentrating
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Evaluating and Treating Sleep Apnea

Our practice takes a comprehensive approach to patient care, which is why we can help evaluate you for sleep apnea so you can have a better night's rest. We take the time to engage with you, fostering a caring and friendly environment where you feel comfortable discussing your sleep concerns. Our dentist will ask you questions about your symptoms and do a thorough examination of your oral cavity.

You can expect us to provide our honest opinion about your condition and offer multiple options for care when budget is a concern. If we believe you may have sleep apnea, we will refer you to a sleep doctor for a formal diagnosis.

Once you've received a diagnosis, we can work together to design a suitable treatment plan. Oral sleep apnea appliances can be a great option for many patients with obstructive sleep apnea. These dental devices reposition the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open during sleep. We will want to see you for continual care for approximately six months after your diagnosis so we can continue to make adjustments in the early stages of treatment.

FAQs About Sleep Apnea

If you're wondering if you have sleep apnea or are unsure if you should seek treatment, it's natural to have questions. Our team is here to help you feel confident in finding care for your sleep issues and can address any questions or concerns you might have. Some of the questions our patients frequently ask us include:

What are the consequences of not treating sleep apnea?

If left untreated, even mild sleep apnea can cause consequences similar to long-term sleep deprivation and increase the risk of health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or cardiovascular disease. This is due to decreased oxygen and increased stress on the body.

In many cases, yes. Especially after a formal diagnosis is established, our dentist can work with the sleep doctor who diagnosed you to facilitate insurance coverage for evaluation and treatment.

Factors such as weight gain, old age, narrow airway, smoking, and certain medical conditions can make you more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea. The best way to control sleep apnea is by living a healthy lifestyle and visiting a professional for an evaluation if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Rancho Cucamonga

At the practice of Jia Y Lee DDS, INC, we are dedicated to helping you get the good night's sleep you deserve. With early diagnosis and treatment, you can avoid the long-term consequences of untreated sleep apnea and increase your quality of life. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care to evaluate and treat patients for sleep apnea in Rancho Cucamonga. Take the first step toward quality sleep by scheduling an appointment with us today!



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