Sleep Apnea

Exceptional Sleep Apnea Treatment in Mission Viejo

treat sleep apnea and get your quality of life backDo you have sleep apnea? Are you experiencing symptoms that make you think you might have it? At Mission Viejo Smiles, Dr. Joseph W. Wilson, DDS has the expertise to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Our practice offers innovative dental appliances to help you overcome sleep apnea and improve your sleep and overall health.

We proudly serve our Mission Viejo community and surrounding neighborhoods, helping you alleviate sleep apnea symptoms and giving you back your quality of life. Contact us today and schedule your consultation.


What is Sleep Apnea?

illustration of what sleep apnea isSleep apnea causes interruptions in a person's sleep pattern. If the muscles in the back of the throat relax and sag into the airway, it interrupts the flow of oxygen, causing your body to wake up frequently throughout the night. This makes it difficult to achieve deep sleep and may have long-term effects on your health.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea - This type is caused by a physical obstruction in the airway that prevents a person from receiving oxygen.

Central Sleep Apnea – In this case, the brain fails to send signals to maintain breathing patterns while sleeping.

Complex Sleep Apnea – This is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea symptoms.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

As the name implies, sleep apnea occurs only while you are asleep, so it often goes unnoticed by patients and is difficult for doctors to diagnose. Dr. Wilson will gladly work with you and take the time to look for signs of sleep apnea.

Since most patients are unaware that they have sleep apnea, identifying it is the critical first step. Our practice works in conjunction with a sleep apnea specialist who offers an in-home sleep test.

If you experience sleep apnea symptoms or are diagnosed with sleep apnea, let us know, and we can help you get the care you need.

What are The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Identifying this condition requires a joint effort between you and Dr. Wilson. We recommend that you watch for any signs of sleep apnea if you suspect you may have this condition.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue due to poor quality of sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Trouble focusing
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

The cause behind sleep apnea differs from one patient to another. Your unique case will help us recommend the best treatment for you. Our skilled team is ready to collaborate with your physician to get to your problem's root cause. We can tailor an effective airway appliance once diagnosed, whether it is related to your tongue, jaw, or a combination!

If you qualify for sleep apnea treatment, we will fabricate a customized sleep apnea appliance for your specific case. Sleep apnea appliances help to prevent the muscles from sagging. They are used to keep the airway open as you sleep.

Dental appliances used for sleep apnea include:

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs): This appliance is made up of two arches fitted over the top and bottom jaws, attached by adjustable metal pivots. It pushes the bottom jaw and the throat muscles slightly forward, keeping the airway open throughout the night.

Tongue Retaining Appliance: For some cases, a tongue retaining mouthpiece may be a better option. This appliance is positioned over the tongue to keep it from sagging toward the back of the throat while you sleep.

Systemic Side Effects of Sleep Apnea

The primary dangers of sleep apnea that can affect your health severely may include the lack of oxygen reaching the bloodstream due to obstructed airways, or the lack of communication between the brain and your muscle memory.

Poor quality of sleep raises the risk of complications such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations and increased risk of heart failure or stroke
  • Worsening asthma symptoms
  • Worsening acid reflux, thus increasing heartburn
  • Increased risk of insulin resistance
  • Reducing sex drive and contributing to erectile dysfunction

Things You Can Do to Improve the Quality of Your Sleep

In addition to getting professional help, certain lifestyle habits can improve your health and reduce your risk of sleep apnea, developing into something more serious.

Some of the ways you can help to reduce your sleep apnea symptoms include:

improve the quality of your sleep and reduce risk of sleep apnea
  • Change your sleep position to keep your neck and head evenly aligned
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Practice yoga, meditation, or other relaxing techniques
  • Avoid all drinks that contain caffeine after 12:00 pm
  • Limit alcohol and tobacco
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy, nutritious diet

Offering Quality Sleep for the Mission Viejo Community

At Mission Viejo Smiles, Dr. Wilson and our team strive to help people live healthy lives. If you think you may be struggling with sleep apnea or are seeking a permanent treatment, we are here for you! Reach out to our welcoming staff and schedule your consultation now!


Contact Us. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.

Joseph W. Wilson, DDS
27871 Medical Center Rd #280, Mission Viejo, California 92691 | (949) 364-0770