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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Encino Dream Smile -  - Dentist

Encino Dream Smile

Dentist located in Encino, CA

Untreated sleep apnea is more than annoying - it can also have serious medical consequences. Dr. Zhitnitsky offers advanced treatment for sleep apnea that doesn't require surgery, so men and women in and around Encino, CA, can resolve apnea symptoms and reduce their risks for serious diseases and conditions.


What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical issue that occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissues to drop down into the airway, blocking the airway and causing interruptions in your breathing. Often, people who have apnea will snore (but not everyone who snores has apnea). People with apnea may experience dozens of tiny interruptions in their breathing every night, and often, these interruptions are so mild, they may not realize they have apnea. But even though the condition may be mild, it can still cause serious problems. Sleep apnea is also referred to as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.

What symptoms can sleep apnea cause?

Snoring is perhaps the most common symptom associated with sleep apnea, but the condition can cause many other symptoms as well, including:

  • chronic daytime drowsiness

  • irritability and moodiness

  • decrease in productivity

  • difficulty focusing

  • lower sex drive

  • difficulty remembering

  • waking up choking or gasping for air

If you suspect you may have apnea, we can arrange for a simple sleep study that can be conducted right in your own home.

What medical issues does sleep apnea cause?

Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with an increased risk for type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Plus, lack of sleep can also increase your risk of having a car accident.

How can sleep apnea be treated?

We help patients overcome sleep apnea with a simple oral appliance that's worn while you sleep. The appliance looks like a mouth guard, and it's designed to help gently shift your lower jaw forward so your airway stays open. Sleep apnea appliances are custom-fit to your mouth so they're very comfortable while being worn.


Insurance Providers

We accept all major PPO insurance plans. For more information, please give the office a call. 

Blue Shield
Careington Care Platinum
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
Dental Benefit Providers
Dental Health Alliance
First Dental Health
Lincoln Financial Group
Maverest Dental Network