North Hollywood, CA, Jan. 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NoHo Dental Group, and NoHo dentist, Dr. Afar, are now offering sleep apnea treatments that can help patients get a better night's sleep. Dr. Afar can provide patients with a comprehensive exam and personalized treatment recommendations that can help ease the symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of American men and women from all walks of life. Left untreated, this condition can increase a person's risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
About Dr. Bijan Afar, Dentist North Hollywood
Dr. Bijan Afar is a respected dentist who graduated with his Master of Science in Oral Biology and Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UCLA's School of Dentistry. He was a nominee for the Regent's Scholarship and was awarded the Hortense Fishbaugh fellowship and the California State Fellowship. He was also among the top 5 percent of graduating students to receive the NIH's Dentist-Scientist Fellowship. Dr. Afar continued his studies in periodontics and implant dentistry at the University of Washington, Seattle. Today, Dr. Afar, North Hollywood TMJ treatment expert, is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association and is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Visit http://www.nohodentalgroup.com to learn more.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airways collapse or become obstructed during sleep. Patients may struggle to breathe as their oxygen levels drop. Symptoms can include extremely loud snoring, gasping, choking and frequent waking. Daytime symptoms can include unexplained sleepiness or fatigue, dry mouth, sore throat and depression. Treatment is essential not only to help patients get a healthier night's sleep but also to provide them with symptom relief so that they can be more productive and engaged in their everyday lives.
Patients may need an evaluation of their medical history and sleeping habits to identify triggers and aggravating factors. Dr. Afar, North Hollywood dentist, may recommend changing medications, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking and increasing exercise. Oral appliances may also be helpful. These appliances, which are custom-fit to the patient's mouth, maintain the airway by gently pushing the lower jaw forward and keeping it in the correct position during sleep. Some patients with more severe sleep apnea may benefit from CPAP therapy, which uses positive airflow to keep the airways open.
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Source:NoHo Dental Group