Transcendentist – Berkeley Dentist Dr. Fred Pockrass
Sleep apnea, is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow breathing during sleep. There are three forms of sleep apnea: Central (CSA), Obstructive (OSA), and Complex or Mixed Sleep Apnea (i.e. a combination of central and obstructive) constituting 0.4%, 84%, and 15% of cases, respectively.
Regardless of type, an individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on health or alertness. Symptoms may be present for years (or even decades) without recognition, during which time the person may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with sleep disturbance. Sleep apnea affects not only adults but sometimes also children.
Oral Appliances Berkeley
Berkeley Sleep Apnea Specialist Dr. Fred Pockras can fabricate an oral appliance for you. The oral appliance, called a mandibular advancement splint, is a custom-made mouthpiece that shifts the lower jaw forward and opens the bite slightly, which opens up the airway. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is usually successful in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
OASYS Appliance Systems Berkeley
The OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System
The OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System™ is the first dental device for Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) that treats the two major causes of sleep disordered breathing by addressing upper airway resistance in the nasal region and blockage in the throat region. The OASYS is FDA approved as a medical device in two separate classifications (1) As a mandibular repositioner for treatment of snoring and sleep apnea and (2) As a nasal dilator for improved ease of breathing.
The OASYS treats both vulnerable areas of the upper airway with one patented system while strengthening the throat area by pulling the lower jaw and tongue forward to prevent the tongue from blocking the airflow and strengthening the throat against collapse.
The right sleep apnea treatment for your needs will be determined after a thorough examination with Dr. Pockrass. Together, we will devise a plan to help you overcome your sleep apnea.
Do not wait – sleep apnea can be dangerous if left untreated. Contact Berkeley Dentist Dr. Pockrass right away if you know or think you have sleep apnea or require snoring treatment.