Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy) in Pasadena, CA

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Sleep apnea is recognized as persistent pauses in your breathing while you sleep. This is the result of your muscles relaxing and gravity pulling your airways closed. The momentary suffocation that results creates excessive strain on the body, which may lead to health complications, such as memory loss, mood change, weight gain, fatigue, and hypertension. There are many sleep or snoring apnea treatments available, ranging from airway surgeries, such as a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, or a CPAP machine. Sometimes people aren't satisfied with these solutions. In these situations, they might turn to dental options to help solve the problem. At The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery in Pasadena, CA, we produce customized night guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Dr. Husam Elias is proud to offer you this easy, reliable service to help you attain better health and wellness.

Sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Elias at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery is treated with a variety of therapies. The first is oral appliance therapy (OAT), which can be quite an effective therapy for sleep apnea. It is a customized device that fits in your mouth at night, like a mouth guard for sports or a retainer. The main difference is that rather than guarding your teeth against injury, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. You will also have digital x-rays performed so that Dr. Elias is able to create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance. After your dental appliance has been made at the technologically advanced dental lab, you will return to our office for a fitting. The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery will contact you to set up a follow-up appointment. Dr. Elias will adjust and fit it according to your needs to get it as comfortable as possible. Dr. Elias will want you to bring your device to checkups and return it every year to examine it for wear and tear. Your quality of life should dramatically improve if you adhere to our instructions properly.

Another option is a nasal CPAP machine. This may be recommended to be worn as you sleep, delivering pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit the obstruction of the passage.

One of your surgical options includes uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which will remove or remodel excess tissue in the throat. The surgery is performed in the back of the soft palate and the throat, often containing excess tissue that when cleared may open up the airway and make breathing less labored. Similarly, a laser-assisted UPP (LAUPP) uses a radiofrequency probe in the hopes of achieving the same results. In more complex cases, a UPP may be combined with jaw surgery to reposition the jaw in order to widen the airway.

My experience with this office was absolutely stellar. Firstly, the staff welcomes you warmly when you arrive. Diana (doctor’s assistant) met me in the exam room.  Diana has a way of instantly making you feel comfortable and any nervousness you may be feeling is dissipated.... Because you can’t stop laughing. Then enters Dr. Elias.... He is extremely approachable, honest, and knowledgeable. It doesn’t hurt that he has multiple degrees. I am ecstatic that I found this business:

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Dr. Elias pulled my wisdom teeth out like they called his mamma fat or something! Surgery was quick and basically painless. Didn’t need any of the pain meds and was back at work two days later looking like a snack. Diane was the nurse that took care of me for most of the process and she was so wonderful, kind, funny and sweet. If my wisdom teeth every grow back, I will definitely be coming back to Dr. Elias immediately. Thank you!

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went here for wisdom teeth removal and Dr Stephens was great. we had a detailed consultation and decided which route was best, then Greg the anesthesiologist called me the night before to address any concerns I was having. The most positive surgery experience I could have had

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If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to arrange for an appointment at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery at your earliest convenience. We have a variety of options that can remedy this condition that can be serious if left untreated.

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