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Smiles For Orange County
Implant, Root canal, Crown and Bridge,Braces

Snoring, Sleep Apnea, Family Dental Practice

9672 Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92804

(714) 772-0102

888-TOOTHACHE

J. M. Vora, DDS, MDS
In Private Practice for Over 35 Years

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Our Services
 

The Sleep Connection

If you snore or have a breathing related sleep disorder The Lark Sleep Center can determine your diagnosis and help select the most appropriate treatment. A variety of oral airway appliances are available depending on your anatomy and diagnosis. The oral appliance prevents collapse of the airway behind the tongue, palate, pharynx, and lateral pharyngeal walls. Oral appliances have been found to be effective for the treatment of snoring, apnea, and high upper airway resistance.

Explore these topics on sleep disorders, and call us to schedule your consultation because you deserve a good night's rest - every night!

  • About Snoring & Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Treatments
  • Appliances

Snoring and sleep apnea are caused by the partial blockage of the airway during sleep, and this causes tissues in the throat to vibrate when the patient breathes. (See illustration of partial blockage.) Sleep apnea is a total blockage of the airway during sleep, causing the patient to stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer.

The appliance is used at night to prevent the collapse of the tongue soft palette and lateral pharyngeal walls. Sleeping disorders can cause stress and affect the health of those who suffer from it. A common misconception is that snoring is merely an annoyance, not a health issue. The truth is that snoring can affect the health of the snorer and the health of their sleep partner. Snoring disrupts the sleep of the snorer, as well as the sleep of those within earshot to the detriment of all. The snorer and family members disrupted by snoring experience broken sleep patterns that can adversely impact their quality of life, as well as their health.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) are common in our society, and are most frequently defined and observed as snoring and sleep apnea Other, related SRBD conditions may appear as well. Currently, it is estimated that 44 percent of males and 28 percent of females are habitual snorers. It has been estimated that by the age of 40, 40 percent of all males and 20 percent of all females snore and by age 60, 60 percent of all males and 40 percent of all females snore. In addition, it is estimated that 24 percent of men and 9 percent of females meet the minimum criteria for a diagnosis of sleep apnea and also have daytime hypersomnolence. Dement, one of the creators of the Epworth sleepiness core questionnaire, tells us that up to 40 percent of the population has apnea on any given night, and Terry Young in a recent epidemiological study found that 17 percent of the adult population has sleep apnea. One study found that roughly 8 percent of the population bruxes during the night, while another study demonstrated a 6.5 percent to 88 percent incidence and appears to have an increased incidence of occurrence with individuals who also snore or have sleep apnea. Children have historically been overlooked when it comes to snoring and sleep apnea. Recently there has been an increased emphasis and awareness of SRBD in children. Many children may have other types of sleep problems, but snoring and sleep apnea are the most common. When a child is sleepy, snores, and does not get a good night's sleep they may exhibit symptoms of ADHP.

Treatments

  • Positional sleep on your side
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Decongested Nose
  • Weight Loss
  • Consult for Turbinectomy, Polyp Removal or Septoplasty
  • Oral Appliances
  • CPAP - Automatic Preferred
  • Oral appliances - non-surgically positions tongue, soft palate and lateral pharyngeal walls to open airway. Convenient alternative for many CPAP and BIPAP users who travel or have problems with these problems.

ApneaLink is a Homebased Sleep Screening instrument available for patients to Screen for Sleep Apnea and to test the efficacy of their Sleep Apnea Appliance ( Somnomed)

www.sleeppd.com

Appliances

Everyone knows a good night's sleep can make or break his or her day. What most people don't know is that sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or TMJ, frequently disrupt healthy sleep and can adversely affect a person's life. One of the most effective options to promote a good nights sleep is a nighttime appliance called a Sleep Apnea Appliance.

Sleep Apnea Appliances or Snore Guards are Dental Appliances that treat a serious medical condition. They are prescribed based upon the individual characteristics of a patient' s diagnosis of Mild or Moderate Sleep Apnea. The Somnamed Appliance is currently being recommended by Dr. Lark.

http://www.somnomed.com

http://www.sleepapnea.org/resources

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