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Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment Specialist

South County Sleep Solutions

Dental Sleep Medicine located in Newport Beach, CA

As a highly skilled dental sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Dana Rockey understands the impact poor-quality sleep can have on your life. At South County Sleep Solutions in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Rockey offers comprehensive care to stop snoring and improve your breathing while you sleep. He uses custom-fit oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea disorders and improve your overall quality of life. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rockey to learn more about the available dental sleep apnea treatments by calling South County Sleep Solutions today.

Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment Q & A

What is dental sleep medicine?

Dental sleep medicine is a field of dentistry that focuses on using oral appliances to treat disorders that interfere with your breathing while you sleep.

Dr. Rockey is highly skilled in treating excessive snoring and sleep apnea to improve your sleep quality and your overall health.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a type of disorder that causes you to stop breathing in your sleep. There are three primary types of sleep apnea that Dr. Rockey treats:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea causes breathing difficulties while you sleep due to the relaxation of your throat muscles. As your muscles relax, they obstruct your airway and cause you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea describes breathing difficulties while you sleep due to dysfunction in the brain signals that control your breathing muscles.

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea disorders.

Sleep apnea can lead to excessive daytime drowsiness and excessive, loud snoring. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions.

You should schedule a sleep apnea evaluation at South County Sleep Solutions if your partner complains about your frequent snoring or if you wake up during the night choking or gasping for breath.

What dental sleep apnea treatments are available?

To prevent the muscles from obstructing your airway while you sleep, Dr. Rockey offers customized treatment using oral appliances. You wear the custom-fit appliance over your teeth, similar to a sports mouthguard.

The appliance fits snugly in your mouth to keep your jaw forward and ensure your airway remains open throughout the night. The appliance is easy to wear and maintain. Dr. Rockey works closely with you to ensure a custom-fit and that the appliance feels comfortable in your mouth.

Many people who are unable to tolerate the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which delivers oxygen into your airway while you sleep, can benefit from oral appliance therapy. By stopping your snoring, you’re better able to get a good quality of sleep every night.

If you need a solution for snoring or sleep apnea-related breathing issues, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rockey by calling South County Sleep Solutions today.