Sleep Apnea Specialist

Salem Dentistry

Roxana Salem, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Long Beach, CA

If you suffer from sleep apnea, Roxana Salem, MD and the expert team at Salem Dentistry in Long Beach, California, can find the right treatment options for you. The most common type of sleep apnea is a blockage of the air passageway while you sleep, causing interruptions as you try to doze off. Dr. Salem works with skilled sleep physicians to create a treatment path for you for more restful, uninterrupted sleep. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to relieve sleep apnea symptoms now.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that disrupts your sleep due to interruptions in breathing while sleeping. This can cause you to have difficulty performing your day-to-day routines, including driving a vehicle. If the disorder is left untreated, sleep apnea can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Headaches


It’s important to find a team to help you treat your sleep apnea and start getting decent sleep at night.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The symptoms can vary depending on the patient, but they usually include:

  • Waking up with a dry mouth and throat
  • Snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Restless sleep
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Insomnia
  • Diabetes


The team at Salem Dentistry works with sleep physicians to give you well-rounded treatment options that help you overcome the disorder.

What are the types of sleep apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea that might be at fault for your poor sleep quality:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: This type is more common and is caused by soft tissue in your throat that blocks your airway while you sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea: The less common sleep apnea, this type occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.


Both of these types cause poor sleep quality and can be detrimental to your health.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Your dental team offers an array of options to help relieve sleep apnea and its symptoms. Dental devices, similar to a mouth guard, keep your airway open by keeping your jaw in a forward position while you sleep. If your sleep apnea is severe, Salem Dentistry offers minimally invasive procedures that can help you sleep soundly.

Other options to alleviate sleep apnea include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding sleeping on your back
  • Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills


It’s important to start with the minimally invasive steps before considering other solutions.

Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to start feeling rested and finally getting a good night sleep.