Airway and Sleep Apnea in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Is Airway Health and Sleep-Disordered Sleeping?

Your airway can become compromised if the face does not develop properly, such as growing downward. A compromised airway can affect individuals during the day and at night, often leading to low energy, memory fog, snoring, high upper airway resistance (HUAR), upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep is a vital part of your overall wellness. But what if we told you factors, like body posture, dental health, and nutrition, impact the quality of sleep you get each night? At Life Dental & Orthodontics, we offer airway and sleep apnea treatment to address sleep-breathing disorders. To find out if you could benefit from airway or sleep apnea treatment, call our Walnut Creek, CA office today.

How Are Airway Conditions and Sleep Apnea Treated?

Once you have officially been diagnosed with an airway condition, we will create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs. There are a few treatment approaches commonly utilized to treat sleep apnea and other airway disorders:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or BiPAP: Largely considered the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment, positive air pressure machines work by attaching a pump to a mask that covers your mouth, nose, nostrils, or all of the above to forcefully push air into your airway when you inhale to ensure you are receiving the proper amount of oxygen.
  • Oral appliances: An effective treatment option for individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliances can temporarily open the airway to improve breathing. There are several different types of oral appliances available so our team can work with you to determine which fits your lifestyle best.
  • Orthodontics: Orthodontics can expand the jaws to create room for the tongue to rest, improving symptoms of a restricted airway. We can also reverse previous retractive orthodontics, re-opening spaces where teeth have been extracted. Orthotropics may also be utilized for growing children to provide facial growth guidance, with the goal of improving the airway.
  • Jaw surgery: Jaw surgery addresses sleep apnea on the structural level by moving the jaws into the correct position and opening the airway.

I was incredibly impressed by Dr. Hockel and his team. Not only is this a very well run outfit, but the approach he takes is very holistic and he takes into consideration things like air way and sleep quality! Unfortunately this kind of broad thinking isn’t widely available in conventional orthodontics/dentistry, which makes this business a rare find!

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What a team! I drove 6 hours round trip, past many dentists/orthodontists to have Dr. Hockel evaluate my airway and discuss options. I am a dentist. I care and appreciate that he also cares.

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I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

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Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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I took my young boys to Life dental & Orthodontics because they were airway focused and that was really important for a family! We were mostly helped with Katie the RDA and she was so great with the boys made everything fun and super patient with them. I also really appreciated how in-depth Dr. Hockel explained everything to myself and our kids. My boys can get easily overwhelmed and he had such gentle and calm energy throughout the whole process! I really appreciated that! Highly recommend this team! :) Jessie at the front desk is also super helpful and sweet!

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Life Dental & Orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options to address airway disorders. Our team is committed to helping you understand the benefits of each treatment option so you can make an informed decision. If you believe that you or a member of your family may be suffering from an airway problem, contact our Walnut Creek, CA dental office to schedule a consultation.

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