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Daly City, CA, patients ask, “Does sleep apnea cause low blood oxygen levels while sleeping?”

Many people deal with snoring on a nightly basis – either their own snoring or that of a partner’s. Snoring is a common problem and is often dismissed as a mild annoyance, but it can also be a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway become obstructed because the tongue has fallen backward and fully or partially blocks the airway. This problem also disrupts a person’s sleep because it can happen up to 60 times per night leading to low blood oxygen levels which leaves a person feeling exhausted, like they’ve not slept at all.

Many patients are uncertain about how to determine if their snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. Some of the common identifying symptoms include gasping during sleep, constant exhaustion no matter how many hours he or she slept, feeling restless while sleeping, persistent headaches or sore throat, development of anxiety or depression, unclear thinking, inability to concentrate, or persistent irritability.

Patients who experience these symptoms are urged to call Dr. Leo Arellano, a trusted and respected Daly City dentist who treats sleep apnea, giving his patients a more restful sleep and a happier lifestyle.

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Sleep apnea can be treated in several ways. Perhaps the most commonly prescribed option is the CPAP machine that delivers consistent air pressure through a nasal mask or nasal prongs. The downside to this treatment option is that patients often dislike using the mask or prongs. They may find the mask gives them feelings of claustrophobia or that the air pressure causes internal irritation.

Because patients often dislike using the CPAP, Dr. Arellano will collaborate with a patient’s primary care physician to treat sleep apnea using Oral Appliance Therapy. This appliance fits inside the patient’s mouth and moves the lower jaw forward, which keeps the airways open. The Oral Appliance Therapy has a success rate with 95% of patients reporting improvement of apnea symptoms.

To learn more about sleep apnea and possible treatments, call Dr. Arellano today.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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