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Get Relief from Sleep Apnea in Rancho Cucamonga 

If people often complain about your snoring, then it may be an indication of something more serious. You could have a sleep disorder. Luckily, you also can treat sleep apnea in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Start by coming to the office of Jia Y. Lee, DDS. With our help you could:

  • Enjoy deep and restful sleep
  • Sleep without disrupting your loved ones
  • Wake up feeling energized and refreshed
  • Stay more alert and focused throughout the day
  • Improve your overall health

You may be surprised to learn that your dentist can help you get relief from this condition, but it is possible. Your first step is calling 909-288-4682 to set up a consultation.

Be Healthier With Better Sleep

More than 30 million people in the United States have sleep apnea, and four out of five of them are not aware that they have this sleep disorder. Because of that, many people with sleep apnea are not getting the treatment that they need. As a result, they are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. Sleep apnea also makes people more irritable and leaves you suffering from sleep deprivation, which increases your risk of being involved in an automobile accident.

When you have this condition, you can stop breathing dozens or even hundreds of times every night, depending on the severity of your condition. When those breathing stoppages occur, your body will wake you up briefly. Then your sleep cycle starts again. Since this happens so often, you are not able to reach the stages of deep sleep that help you recover from the previous day.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has this condition, make an appointment to talk to Dr. Lee. If needed, he can refer you to a sleep doctor so you can get tested. If your condition is confirmed, then we can work with the sleep doctor to determine your treatment:

  • CPAP Machines – To use this machine, you wear a mask over your mouth or nose. The machine pushes air in your airway to keep it open. Unfortunately, many people find CPAP machines difficult to use consistently.
  • Oral Appliances – This solution requires no electricity, is convenient to bring with you when you travel, and doesn’t make any noise. This is similar to an athletic mouthguard, but it has a different purpose. This oral appliance slightly shifts the resting position of your lower jaw. That keeps your airway open so you can breathe.

To manage the cost associated with your care, we can work with medical insurance carriers, Medicare, and Medicaid for this kind of treatment.

Come Here for Sleep Apnea Treatment

We understand if you might be skeptical that a general dentist is the best person to help with this situation. The reality is that the FDA has approved oral appliances for this purpose. They can work well for people who have mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Appliances are also good for people with severe sleep apnea who struggle to use a CPAP machine.

Not all general dentists have the training to offer this kind of care. Dr. Lee, however, has completed a sleep medicine program at UCLA and attends more than 100 hours of continued education every year on new technology and advancements in dental knowledge. He and the rest of our team strive to provide quality care, so you and your loved ones can regularly receive a good night’s sleep.

To treat sleep apnea in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, start by scheduling a consultation at Jia Y. Lee, DDS. Call 909-288-4682 or contact us online.

Common Questions About Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea, occurs when your air passages become temporarily blocked repeatedly while you sleep. Your tongue and other soft tissues in the back of your throat relax to the point that your airway is restricted, causing you to quit breathing for a few seconds. This cycle can repeat itself dozens of times per hour in severe sleep apnea sufferers.

Why is sleep apnea bad?

Sleep apnea is harmful because it blocks your oxygen supply while you’re sleeping. This interferes with your sleep and leaves you feeling weak and tired the next day. Sleep apnea has also been linked to serious health concerns like heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Treating sleep apnea can improve your quality of life as well as your life expectancy.

How is sleep apnea treated?

CPAP therapy is often the first recommended treatment for sleep apnea. While CPAP is effective, many people have trouble getting used to having air blown through their mouth and nose. A good alternative treatment option is a custom-fit sleep appliance. It will fit comfortably in your mouth while you sleep, gently moving your lower jaw forward to keep your air passages open.

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