San Francisco doesn’t have to search for “snoring and sleep apnea treatment near me”

Dr. Leo Arellano and our team help people in San Francisco and across the Bay Area find relief from snoring and sleep apnea using comfortable oral appliances and recommending changes in habits. People do not have to do an internet search for “treatment near me,” they can simply visit our office conveniently located at 3030 Geary Blvd. in San Francisco, CA 94118.

The development of CPAP therapy

Before 1980, a tracheotomy, which involves creating a hole in the throat to enable a patient to breathe without using the mouth or nose, was the common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at that time. A physician, Colin Sullivan, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia made a discovery that greatly improved treatment. Using a vacuum cleaner motor, tubes, and a diver’s mask, he created a rudimentary air pressure machine to test on a sleep apnea sufferer who refused the tracheotomy, but volunteered to be a test subject for Dr. Sullivan’s experiment. The machine worked and the concept of a CPAP machine was born.

Problems with CPAP 

Although CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy, commonly prescribed by physicians, is effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea, it isn’t for everyone. Patient compliance with this treatment is low due to complaints such as discomfort, inconvenience, dry eyes, congestion, a dry mouth, and even social stigma, which eventually cause patients to abandon their treatment. Although CPAP was a wonderful improvement over historic treatments, now a comfortable, convenient dental device can bring relief for many without the problems inherent with CPAP.

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Oral appliance therapy

Dr. Arellano offers an easy to use, affordable alternative to CPAP for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Although a number of oral appliances are available that vary in materials, design, and appearance, they generally fall into one of two categories:

  • Tongue retaining appliances hold the tongue in place to prevent it from blocking the airway
  • Mandibular repositioning appliances position the jaw forward and down to keep the patient’s airway open.

Dr. Arellano and his team can provide custom fit appliances to relieve the snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. They may also recommend lifestyle changes such as:

  • Avoiding medications and alcohol that cause drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Allergy medicines or nasal sprays to keep the nasal passages open
  • Smoking cessation

Don’t search for “snoring and sleep apnea treatment near me,” just call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment with the team that has extensive experience in helping San Francisco sleep well.

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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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