R. Craig Ford D.D.S. • 5300 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91364 • 818.888.6302

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. Ford is a member a the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as the American Academy of Dental Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea is a prevelant concern. Dr. Ford has completed a residency at UCLA directed by some of the worlds top leading experts in sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Ford is commited to continuing education and providing the highest level of health care to his patients.
If you or a family member suspect you have sleep apnea or snore please contact our office and schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Ford.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

OSA is a common, yet often undiagnosed sleep disorder. It afflicts 20 million adult men and women in the United States. People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly during sleep because their airway collapses.Airway collapse may be due to such factors as a large tongue, extra tissue in the airway, or decreased muscle tone holding the airway open. As result, air is prevented from getting into the lungs.These pauses in breathing can happen 30 times or more per hour. When healthy sleep is interrupted in this way, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or other serious health conditions may increase.

Is snoring the same as sleep apnea?

Snoring is not the same as sleep apnea. Snoring is simply a loud sound that you make during breathing while asleep if there is any obstruction in your airway. While it maybe unpleasant for your sleep partner, snoring is not in itself a harmful condition. On the other hand, people with sleep apnea are deprived of oxygen due to a complete  blockage of airways, which can have a major impact on health.Snoring does often accompany sleep apnea, but just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea.

What are the benefits of regular treatment?

  • Increase energy and attentiveness during the day
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreases risk of strokes and heart attacks
  • Increased effectiveness at home or at work
  • Improved overall quality of life

How is OSA diagnosed?

  • Discuss sleep complaints and syptoms with Dr. Ford
  • If a sleep disorder is suspected, Dr. Ford will refer you to your internist or to a sleep specialist for evaluation
  • An overnight diagnostic sleep study, known as a polysomnogram, or PSG, is used to determine the type and severity of the sleep disorder, as well as appropriate treatment