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Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders are much more common than you may think. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans. This figure is, of course, based on reported instances. Many people may not know they suffer from sleep apnea until their symptoms are reported by a sleep partner. This means the real figure could be much higher. If you think you may have sleep apnea, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, due to the serious nature of the disorder. Dr. Yokoyama provides oral appliances to cure not just alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. These oral appliances can provide you with safer and more restful sleep for the rest of your life!

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is characterized by the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form caused by the relaxation of the muscles in the throat.

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain does not send the proper signals to your breathing muscles. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea. If you have been told you snore loudly, or feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:
•  Choking or gasping noises during sleep
•  A sore throat or dry mouth in the morning
•  Waking up with a dull headache
•  Trouble staying asleep
•  Irritability
•  Trouble paying attention
•  Excessive daytime sleepiness

After picture of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment at Michael Yokoyama, DDS in Encinitas, CA.

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. When the muscles relax, your airway narrows as you inhale. In some cases, it may even close. This prevents you from getting enough air, which lowers the oxygen level in your blood. When this happens, the brain sends signals that briefly wake you up to reopen your airway. Most of the time, this is too brief to remember. This pattern can repeat multiple times per hour, all night, preventing you from achieving deep, restful sleep.

Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Technology

Our technology represents the first non-surgical, non-invasive and cost-effective solution for the hundreds of millions of people globally who suffer from OSA. The Vivos System is a proprietary therapeutic protocol of functional and oral appliance therapy that we believe is gently remodeling and enhancing the size, shape, and function of the airway by mimicking biological processes.

The Vivos® System has been shown to significantly lower Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) scores and improve other conditions associated with OSA.

Our oral appliances have shown to be effective in over 12,000 patients successfully treated worldwide by approximately 1,000 trained dentists.

The Vivos® System can reduce or possibly eliminate the need for surgery or lifetime CPAP or mandibular advancement oral therapy.

The Vivos® System is affordable and treatment applicable and effective in people of all ages and most major commercial insurance payers reimburse for Vivos® System treatment

According to a 2019 publicly available analysis from researchers at the University of California, San Diego, an estimated 81 million adults in the North and South America suffer from moderate to severe OSA. The United States has the highest amount of these patients with approximately 54 million adults affected, according to such analysis.

Oral Appliances

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral appliance. An oral appliance will keep your jaw in the proper position during sleep. This opens your airway and improves your breathing during sleep. With an oral appliance, you may find yourself feeling more well-rested, alert and happy, thanks to a full night’s sleep.
Learn more about how an oral appliance could improve your sleep.

Schedule Your Consultation Appointment

If you think you may have sleep apnea, we can help! Call 760-632-9055 to schedule your consultation appointment today!

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Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S in Encinitas, CA
Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S
Dr. Yokoyama
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-632-9055

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