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How a Dentist Can Help With Sleep Apnea

Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Sadly, sleep apnea doesn’t only affect the person who has it, but also other people in the household. If you, and/or your family members are losing sleep as a result of sleep apnea, your local Santa Monica dentist can help!

What is sleep apnea? 

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines sleep apnea as “a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.” A pause can last from seconds to minutes, and can happen multiple times per night. This issue prevents the person who suffers from it from getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep apnea often causes snoring, which can keep family members or roommates who live in the same house from sleeping well also.

Symptoms of sleep apnea:

If you suffer from these symptoms of sleep apnea, contact your Santa Monica dentist today for help.

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of work-related or driving accidents
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes
  • Heartburn
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Morning headaches
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Treatments for sleep apnea

Although sleep apnea is a serious condition, fortunately, a trained Santa Monica dentist can recommend an easy solution. Your local dentist can offer oral devices, such as the ones below, as reported by The New York Times.

  • “Mandibular advancement device (MAD). This is the most widely used dental device for sleep apnea. It is similar in appearance to a sports mouth guard. MAD forces the lower jaw forward and down slightly, which keeps the airway open.
  • Tongue retraining device (TRD). This is a splint that holds the tongue in place to keep the airway as open as possible”


For more information about sleep apnea solutions, contact us today.

Dr. Susan Hale, DDS

Doctor Susan Hale is a Southern California Native. She attended UCLA followed by Northwestern Dental School in Chicago where she met Dr. Brent. Susan follows the quote of GV Black (the founder of modern dentistry and the first dean of her dental school,” The Professional has no right to be other than a continuous student.” She graduated from UCLA’s TMJ and Facial Pain Mini-Residency and Esthetic Professional’s Mini-Residency. She has a passion for her patients and giving them a beautiful healthy smile, In addition to loving her time with her family and friends, Dr. Susan enjoys running, yoga, cooking and now a little golf.

Dr. Brent Hale, DDS

Brent was born in Michigan and decided early on in life that dentistry suited his personal qualities, and would allow him to focus his career on things he truly enjoyed. He met Susan while they were both in dental school at Northwestern University. After graduating in 1985, the couple returned to Susan’s native Santa Monica to set up their dental partnership. They opened their first office in 1987.

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