Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening in Lake Forest, CA 92630
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening in Lake Forest, CA

Do you often feel tired during the day and wake up multiple times a night? Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Or does your partner complain of your loud snoring? You may be suffering from a common condition known as “sleep apnea”. As part of our holistic approach, at Lake Forest Dental Choice, every patient gets screened for risk factors of obstructive sleep. If we think you are at risk of a Sleep Breathing disorder, we will help you get tested and connect you with the right care providers near Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Our goal for you to live a healthier life and we believe that starts with your oral health. Continue reading to learn about our sleep apnea screenings in Lake Forest, CA 92630.

About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is an extremely common and serious condition. In fact, about 22 million Americans are currently suffering. Sleep apnea is a disorder which affects a patient’s ability to breath while sleeping, limiting the amount of oxygen someone is getting. Because of the lack of oxygen during sleep, a person gets woken up multiple times during the night resulting in interrupted sleep. Other common signs are waking up gasping for air and loud snoring. As a result, a person suffering from Sleep Apnea may feel the following:

  • Daytime Sleepiness/Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Loud Snoring
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dry Throat
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings
  • Weight Gain

Along with causing the above symptoms and complications, untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, dementia, and even stroke! It is important to recognize these symptoms and get tested. Proper treatment of sleep apnea can save a life.

Sleep Apnea Screening

At Lake Forest Dental Choice, we work alongside a group of Sleep Physicians to help screen every patient for risk factors associated with Sleep Apnea and set you up with a home sleep test as needed. The results of your home sleep test will be read by a Board-Certified Sleep Physician and, based on your diagnosis, the proper steps will be taken by our experts near Mission Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Foothill Ranch, CA.

Treating Sleep Apnea

In the event that you are diagnosed with a grade of Obstructive Sleep Apnea that can be managed with a custom oral appliance, you sleep physician will direct you back to our office. We can help you by taking a simple impression to help manage your sleep apnea. Since this kind of treatment of sleep apnea is actually a medical solution that a dentist can provide, this gets billed to your medical insurance. At Lake Forest Dental Choice, we are an in-network provider of the major medical PPO’s such as Aetna, UHC, UMR, Blue Cross, and Cigna.

DreamSleep Certified

Our office has been DreamSleep Certified for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. DreamSleep is a national network of Dentists and Physicians working together to raise awareness and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

DreamSleep Certification means every member of our sleep team has received intensive training on sleep medicine, oral appliance therapy and collaboration with physicians for testing and diagnosis.

All DreamSleep providers:

  • Are required to achieve accreditation in the fundamentals of dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy for sleep-related breathing disorders
  • Refer patients at risk to qualified physicians for diagnosis and prescription of an appropriate therapy
  • Use objective data to verify the efficacy of oral appliance therapy as permitted within their scope of practice and in accordance with their state dental practice acts
  • Refer patients back to physicians for confirmation of treatment efficacy after fitting and titration of an oral appliance
  • Provide timely, appropriate and ongoing follow-up care to manage dental-related side effects of oral appliance therapy

We believe that close teamwork with physicians is essential for successful management of sleep-related breathing disorders using oral appliance therapy.

Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Screening Today

Think that you or a loved one may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? Ready for a Lake Forest sleep apnea screening? Contact Lake Forest Dental Choice today to schedule your screening today!