About Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes an individual to periodically stop breathing while they are asleep. Sleep apnea can potentially be a very serious condition, often related to cardiovasular disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, mental issues, weight issues, and other problems! People with untreated moderate to severe sleep apnea have an 80% higher chance of dying from a night-time heart attack or stroke. Sleep apnea can occur when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep, preventing the body from getting the necessary oxygen. When oxygen is temporarily cut off from the brain, the results can end up being serious. Snoring, grinding, waking up gasping, and waking up unrested, are all common signs and symptoms, snoring being the most common. However, to be properly diagnosed our trained Dentists will review your risks and guide you to have a sleep study done if necessary or requested. We have options for a sleep study unit to be conveniently sent to your house, or for you to go to a sleep center.
When sleep apnea is diagnosed and treated, it can truly change a person's life. Not only will they likely wake up much more refreshed with more mental clarity, their overall health will be greatly improved. As you can imagine, the body works much better when it gets the oxygen it needs! Most people with sleep apnea don't even know they have it, and they think it's normal to wake up groggy, still tired, to snore, to have poor memory or find it difficult to lose weight. But many of our patients we've treated will tell you how life-changing it really can be.
"Anyone who is hesitant about these five stars review, HAVE NO FEAR. I would 10/10 recommend this clinic to ANYONE who asks (or doesn't). I was in town for my wedding and I visited my dentist in the area to get my final Invisalign check/retainers. I also wanted to straighten out my front tooth because it had chipped in the Invisalign process since I used to bite my nails. It made me super self conscious especially since I was going to be taking a ton of photos for my wedding this weekend and it had been bothering me since I got my attachments taken off. I had asked my dental clinic if they could even it out, but the dentist was not in so they weren't able to do anything for me... I was definitely 110% freaking out and so so sad. My dental office referred me to Beachwood Dental and Dr. Todd answered the phone. He so willingly accepted me last minute and really tried to work around my hectic schedule. I was late since I was running last minute errands and didn't expect them to take me so quickly (I called Thursday early afternoon, they told me to come in later that afternoon!). They were still able to fit me in with such warm attitudes and smiles. Dr. Todd, Stacy, and everyone in the office were so lovely, really (& I definitely don't say that lightly). They were able to fix me up (I couldn't even tell the difference!!!) and sent me on my way. I am forever thankful to this awesome team and appreciate you all (even if Dr. Todd is a USC fan...GO BRUINS). Thank you, Beachwood Dental!!!!"- H.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
"Beachwood Dental is by far the best! I've been seeing Dr. Brown for over 10 years and I can't say enough positive things about everyone in the office. Dr. Brown is so kind and attentive. I appreciate everything he has done for me and my children. Dr. Todd is upbeat, very knowledgeable,and approachable. I wouldn't trust any other office with my teeth. Stacy in the front is such a special person also. She radiate beautiful light and makes everything so easy. The entire staff is simply wonderful. Best dental office around by far!"- A.M. / Yelp / Feb 17, 2020
"We absolutely love Beachwood dental. I've been a patient since I was a kid and now I take my children here. Dr Brown is awesome and we love his business partners dr Todd and dr Pat!"- L.C. / Yelp / Feb 10, 2020
"Dr Todd and staff are great! First time using Invisalign and the process has been easy with the help of this awesome staff. Best dental experience; highly recommend!"- L.V. / Google / Feb 07, 2020
"I highly recommend Beachwood Dental to anyone who is looking for a great dentist or hygienist. They are very friendly, professional and their work is outstanding."- O. / Google / Feb 07, 2020
What to Expect
Patients will have an individual consult to determine the appropriate treatment method with one of our Sleep Apnea dentists. If you haven't had a sleep study yet, then we will help set that up for you. If you are diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea, we will almost always recommend a CPAP or APAP first. For those that cannot tolerate or don't want to wear a CPAP anymore, then we recommend an oral appliance. We will take molds of your mouth and jaw movement to have an oral appliance made that will help open the airway during sleep by keeping the lower jaw gently protruded forward. There are several different types of oral appliances to treat sleep apnea, but most are similar to wearing an upper and lower nightguard designed to temporarily move the jaw forward. We will help guide you to the best device for you. You can expect to have the oral appliance completed several weeks after the impressions appointment. After that, hopefully you will feel like a new, healthier, and better version of yourself!
Once a customized Sleep Apnea appliance is made, the patient should be sure to wear it every night, and follow any instructions our Sleep Apnea Dentist provides. The patient will also need to come in for follow-up visits to ensure it is working properly and to make any adjustments necessary. It is also ideal to get a sleep study after the appliance has been comfortably used consistently to determine the effectiveness. Regular cleaning of the appliance is also important, as bacteria and particles can get stuck in them over time. Patients can clean them with a simple tooth brush and paste between uses, or a variety of cleaning tablets.
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Achieve a Better Night's Sleep
We invite anyone who is suffering from sleep apnea or snoring to schedule a consultation at our Los Alamitos, CA office today. A good night's rest is highly important and can be easily restored by sleep apnea treatment, making you more emotionally stable and healthier.