Obstructive Sleep Apnea ~ OSA       

SIGNS and SYMPTOMS OF OSA:

  • Loud snoring
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Forgetfulness
  • Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Clenching or Grinding Teeth during Sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Waking up during night with Feeling of Anxiety
  • Sleepiness while driving
  • Recurrent awakenings or insomnia

 


Untreated OSA Increases Your Risk For:

 • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE                          • HEART DISEASE/HEART ATTACKS

 • STROKE                                                          • DIABETES

 • CANCER                                                          • OBESITY

 • DEPRESSION & MEMORY LOSS              • MORNING HEADACHES

 • EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS       • FATIGUE & INSOMNIA  

 • IMPAIRED CONCENTRATION / DRIVING & WORK RELATED ACCIDENTS

 


What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea ??

 Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night. This means the brain -- and the rest of the body -- may not get enough oxygen.  

 

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea - is The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat and/or tongue, collapses during sleep.  People with sleep apnea may snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods of time. When the blood-oxygen level drops low enough, the body momentarily wakes up. It can happen so fast that you may not be aware you woke up. This can happen hundreds of times a night, and you may wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed. 

 


Screening & for OSA

 CBCT / SCAN

The use of State of the Art Screening using CBCT 3-D X-Ray technology can analyze and measure several anatomical structures of the upper airway such as: 

  • Airway Volume
  • Jaw Position
  • Sinus / Nasal Passages
  • Pathological Obstructions
  • Tongue Size / Position
  • Soft Palate Size

In addition to the CBCT 3-D Imaging system,  Dr. Garcia includes Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screenings in his dental exams, evaluating risks based on the size of the tongue, airway, tonsils, and positioning of the jaw, all of which play a factor in OSA. The use of Sleep questionnaires with Epworth Sleepiness Scale and Malampatti to help further evaluate risks which help Dr. Garcia determine if the patient is a candidate for further testing.

Getting Tested & Diagnosed for OSA

Dr. Garcia has implemented the ARES Home Sleep Study Device in his office, which is used in collaboration with a BOARD CERTIFIED SLEEP PHYSICIAN who interprets and diagnosis the data collected from the ARES to properly diagnose and treat the patients condition.

 THE ARES- COMPREHENSIVE HOME SLEEP STUDY 

The ARES -(Apnea Risk Evaluation System) ~ Home Sleep Study is approved by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and  has been cleared for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The ARES - offers a comprehensive sleep study  which is easy to use and available in the comfort of your own home.

ARES Unicorder  is a computerized device used with a canula ,  sensors and electrodes that record: Breathing Disorder Events, Blood Oxygen Saturation, Pulse Rate, Sleep (Awake/Arousal data, REM & Non-REM Sleep Data, Snoring Levels, and Head Position.  All of this data is analyzed by a Sleep Technician and interpreted by a Boarded Sleep Specialist.  A report with the Sleep Study findings and Treatment Considerations is then sent to Dr Garcia for review with patient.

                                                                                                                                                                          

Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Once diagnosed with OSA, there are different treatment considerations that are recommended by the Sleep Physician depending on the severity.  

 Oral Appliance Therapy ~Recommended for  Mild  to Moderate OSA

Dr. Garcia offers Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) using Oral Appliance Therapy, which is custom fitted to be worn in the mouth at night and is approved by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  Oral Appliance  Therapy is a wonderful treatment option for patients with mild  to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and is an alternative treatment option for patients prescribed CPAP Therapy and who can not tolerate CPAP treatment.

 


 

CPAP Therapy ~ Typically Recommended for Moderate to Severe OSA

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) blows air down your throat at night to keep your airways open while you sleep. The treatment is done using a CPAP machine, which consists of a mask, motor, and tubing.  While CPAP is considered to be the "Gold Standard" of treatment for OSA, many patients who are prescribed the apparatus do not comply or simply cannot tolerate CPAP Therapy; Therefore, Oral Appliance Therapy may be an alternative option in receiving treatment.