Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sleep Apnea

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We welcome all of your questions at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry! The more informed you are about oral health care in general, the better equipped you are to make confident decisions about your own treatment.

You aren't meant to be an expert about oral health – that's our job! We're here to guide you and provide you with information so you understand all aspects of your personal oral health. No question is too small, and the only silly question is one that goes unasked.

Here are a few questions we hear frequently, but you probably have others that aren't answered here. Please don't hesitate to call our office or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Sleep Apnea

Snoring is not unusual and happens to about half of people at some point in their lives. What is unusual is chronic snoring that disrupts your sleep and keeps your partner awake at night. sleep apnea treatment | stop snoring | berkeley Persistent snoring may be associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious sleep disorder that is a risk factor for health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

When we sleep, the muscles in our mouth and throat naturally relax. OSA occurs when this natural action blocks off your airway so you can’t breathe. The lack of oxygen sends a message to your brain to wake up and breathe. This can happen hundreds of times a night, which leaves you feeling exhausted in the morning.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

The standard treatment for many people with sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) mask that keeps the airway open during sleep. However, many patients can’t tolerate the mask because it is too bulky, noisy, or uncomfortable.

At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, we offer an alternative that is a non-invasive method for addressing sleep apnea. Dr. Amy Au creates a customized oral device that is worn over your front teeth and is designed to move your jaw slightly forward when you sleep. This prevents your tongue from collapsing back against your airway, allowing you to breathe normally.

If you are concerned about chronic snoring, please call our office so we can see if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

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Important information regarding COVID-19 Safety


Welcome back!  Your health and well-being continue to be our highest priority, and we are ONLY open because we have carefully planned and revised our office procedures to greatly minimize the risk of infection for our patients and our team members.

Our team closely follows guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, ADA, and Berkeley City in regards to existing and new personal protective equipment (PPE), updated engineering, modified administrative protocols, and extra safety practice protocols. You can expect to see some changes for your next appointment, such as pre-appointment respiratory screening, daily temperature-taking, social distanced office area, more air purification and ventilation in each operatory, staggered and lengthened appointments, and more physical barriers installed to keep the office a safe environment for everyone.
 

We ask that everyone 12 and older must have face cover on when you arrive at our office, and to help social distance, we may ask you and your family, companion to wait in your car during any wait.

 

Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to see you soon!

Amy Au, Barbara Curtis, and the Berkeley Prosthodontics Dental Team