Experts have estimated that up to 30% of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But new treatment options at the Laguna Hills Center for Sleep Apnea & CPAP Intolerance help patients with this common condition – without traditional CPAP machinery that is often considered awkward and uncomfortable.
The clinic is run by Dr. Angham (Ann) Abdulla DDS, an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate and specialist in both sleep apnea and TMJ. Her center offers a full range of services relating to sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, and holistic dentistry.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is a traditional sleep apnea treatment that is effective for correcting the medical condition, but often leads to other client complaints, such as discomfort, sinus issues, and trouble falling asleep. The new treatments offer several strategies for achieving similar results, without requiring an uncomfortable mask or the constant hum of the electrical device.
One of the most effective new treatments is oral appliance therapy (OAT), which uses wearable devices similar to the mouthguards worn by athletes to reposition the patient’s mouth while they sleep. Dr. Abdulla custom fits these devices for each patient, using one of several techniques to position their tongue, teeth, and lips to ensure that their airway remains clear overnight.
OAT is fully FDA-approved and can be used as either a part- or full-time alternative to CPAP. The appliances are less invasive, easily portable, and precisely fit to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Patients can also access a full range of innovative diagnostics, including nasal function studies using an Eccovision Acoustic Rhinometer. This test measures the airflow through each nostril individually, helping the medical team to determine if there are any blockages or obstructions, or if any other factors could be affecting the client’s oxygen intake.
Here’s what one satisfied patient had to say about their experience at the Laguna Hills Center for Sleep Apnea & CPAP Intolerance: “I had to get a new sleep device for obstructive sleep apnea, and Dr. Abdulla recommended the Panthera. It’s amazing, super light, and worth the money. Dr. Abdulla’s calm, reassuring nature makes every visit a pleasant one.”
More information about CPAP-free sleep apnea treatments for patients from Laguna Beach to Irvine to Mission Viejo can be found at https://www.getoffcpap.com.
Laguna Hills Center for Sleep Apnea & CPAP Intolerance
24953 Paseo De Valencia #26b,
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