Dr. Cho, Dr. Hammoudeh, Dr. Odono, Dr. Tung or Dr. Urata provide treatments for sleep apnea at Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Sleep apnea is a type of obstructive breathing disorder, and it has a significant impact on your ability to sleep and on your overall health. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. These pauses may occur hundreds of times each night, ranging in duration from a few seconds to nearly a minute. These pauses are caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the soft tissues of the throat collapsing or the tongue rolling back. When untreated, sleep apnea contributes to a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems.

Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • A dry or sore throat upon waking
  • Mood changes, irritability and depression
  • Frequent headaches in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating

There are several treatments available for sleep apnea. Less severe sleep apnea may be successfully treated through oral appliance therapy, in which a custom oral appliance is used to keep the jaw in a forward position, which in turn keeps the airways open. If your condition is more severe, our oral surgeons may recommend surgical treatment to correct the position of your jaw, widen your airway or make other adjustments to help you breathe more easily.

We will coordinate with your physician to ensure that you receive the treatment best suited for your needs.

To schedule a consultation with our oral surgeons and learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Glendale, Arcadia, Mission Hills, Newhall and Pasadena, California, please contact our office today.