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Try oral appliance therapy for comfortable sleep apnea treatment in San Francisco

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common but serious sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. Normally, the muscles in the throat keep the airways open when a person is sleeping, however, when OSA exists, the airway can narrow dangerously, depriving the body of essential levels of oxygen. This can occur for a number of reasons including overly relaxed throat muscles, large tonsils or tongue, and extra tissue thickening the wall of the windpipe, among many other causes. Generally, obstructive sleep apnea occurs as follows:

  • Air passes through the upper airway (mouth, nose, and throat) on the way to the lungs
  • The soft tissue at the back part of the throat has a tendency to collapse as the sleeping person breathes
  • Under normal conditions, the widening (dilator) muscles work to prevent the collapse, which keeps the airway open. Abnormalities or interference with this flow causes air turbulence
  • If the soft tissues collapse far enough to block the airway momentarily, an apneic event occurs. Even though breathing is stopped temporarily, the sleeper is unaware of it in most cases
  • Apnea reduces the blood oxygen level, which eventually causes the brain to trigger the lungs into sucking in air
  • When this occurs, the sleeper usually makes a snorting or gasping sound, but rarely wakes up fully
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Doctor Leo Arellano offers comfortable oral appliance therapy for effective treatment of mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Although CPAP treatment is effective, and the most commonly prescribed treatment, it isn’t very popular with patients due to side effects such as sore throat, dry eyes, skin irritation, noise, and a variety of other complaints. Many prefer to wear a comfortable oral appliance, which fits like an orthodontic retainer or athletic mouth guard.

The specially designed, small plastic appliance maintains an unobstructed, open airway when worn at night. Dr. Arellano has the training and experience to determine the proper style of appliance for each individual patient. The appliances have a number of advantages:

  • The treatment is non-invasive and reversible
  • The small, convenient appliances are easy to travel with
  • They are easy to wear and comfortable

In addition to comfortable, effective treatment for OSA, as well as TMJ dysfunction with innovative oral appliance therapies, Dr. Arellano, and his highly skilled team provide a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to the people of San Francisco and the surrounding areas.



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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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