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‘You deserve a better nights sleep. Patients who have been diagnosed with Apnea and have failed CPAP therapy have FDA approved, effective treatment alternatives that are easy and comfortable to use and do not prevent you from sleeping in your favorite position. Dr. Walter Dukes has decades of experience in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and helping patients who suffer from this condition to improve their overall health and the quality of their lives. In fact, he is board-certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and has completed extensive training in sleep apnea treatment in order to provide his patients with the best care possible.

OSA is an incredibly dangerous condition, and if undiagnosed and untreated it can cause numerous problems for your health, and in more severe cases can be fatal. When you visit Mesa Dental, our experienced dentist will design a customized treatment plan to alleviate your OSA and help you enjoy a better night’s rest as well as improved health. Please contact us today at 805-963-1222 to learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Santa Barbara, California, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dukes.

As OSA is a sleep disorder, it can be difficult to diagnose. In fact, most people who suffer from this condition are unaware that they have sleep apnea, and the problem is first noticed by others who see their loved one sleeping and realize that something is not quite right with their sleep patterns.

Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses or interruptions in breathing patterns. These interruptions are caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back or the soft tissues of the throat collapsing, and lead to fragmented sleep and decreased oxygen levels in your body. Other common symptoms of OSA include:

  • Snoring (especially loud snoring)
  • Choking, gasping, or snorting sounds during sleep
  • A gasping or choking sensations while asleep
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Abrupt awakenings during the night, often accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Poor, fitful, or restless sleep
  • Frequent visits to the bathroom throughout the night
  • Feeling out of breath upon waking
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty focusing and memory impairment
  • Depression, irritability, or moodiness

Oral Appliance Therapy

At Mesa Dental, we offer oral appliance therapy to help you keep your airways open and rest better at night. Snoring appliances are a great option for individuals who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine, or who have mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea.

Your oral appliance is custom-designed to fit your mouth, and works by moving your lower jaw slightly forward. This forward movement causes the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway to tighten and prevents them from collapsing and causing an obstruction in your airway. This also helps prevent the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating (the most common cause of loud snoring).

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Walter Dukes and learn more about how oral appliance therapy can help you, please call our office today. We also invite you to visit the website for the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine for more information about Obstructive Sleep Apnea and sleep apnea treatments.

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