Sleep Apnea

Westlake Village, CA Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Diagnosis of OSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition (heart disease) and must be diagnosed by a physician. Diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study called a Polysomnogram (PSG), along with a patient evaluation and history.

Treatment Options:

  • Weight Loss
  • Good sleep hygiene
  • CPAP (Continuous Airway Pressure)
  • Oral Appliance Therapy (Mild-Moderate OSA)
  • Surgery

Oral Appliance Therapy:

  • If you have moderate to severe OSA an initial trial with a nasal CPAP is necessary due to its greater effectiveness than an oral appliance.
  • If you cannot tolerate or refuse to use your CPAP and with a release from your physician an oral appliance can be tried.

Oral Appliances:

  • Your oral appliance is a devise that is worn in the mouth, similar to an orthodontic retainer or a sport mouthguard.
  • The appliance tries to prevent collapse of your tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat.
  • The appliance attempts to keeps your airway open during sleep, promoting adequate air intake.
  • There are 70 types of oral appliances available. There are basically two categories: Mandibular Repositioning Appliance (MRA) or Tongue Retained Appliances (TRA).
  • For additional Sleep information you can go to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine website (dentalsleepmed.org) of which Dr Borquez is a member.

I was referred to Dr. Borquez by my sleep physician because I could not tolerate my CPAP unit. Dr. Borquez was able to improve my sleep with an oral appliance. I and along with my physician were impressed with his caring and knowledge of sleep problems.

Thank you Dr Borquez. Esther P. Ventura, Ca

For more information on Sleep Apnea and Snoring in the Westlake Village, CA area call Rick Borquez, DDS at (805) 529-1000 today!