What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes sleep to be interrupted repeatedly throughout the night due to an obstructed airway. This is often seen through snoring, fatigue, insomnia, or waking up with a sore dry throat. Most people with mild obstructive sleep apnea are aware that they snore and feel overtired or fatigued but are generally unaware of potentially serious medical problems, which may also exist. "Apnea" is derived from a Greek word meaning "want of breath." Sleep apnea, then, would be the cessation of breathing during sleep for ten seconds or more at least five times an hour, causing the affected to “want of breath” while he or she is sleeping.
Dr. Middleton offers personalized solutions to treat patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep related disorders in order to find the best option for better sleep and better general health. Come in for a consultation to identify symptoms and explore treatment options that are right for you.
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Take our at home self assessment questionnaire and call Dr. Middleton to schedule a consultation appointment. In order to know for sure if sleep apnea is present, a consultation with Dr. Middleton is necessary.
After coming in for a consultation, Doctor Middleton may send you home to take an at home sleep apnea test. This test is similar to wearing a headband during the night. This headband monitors your sleep throughout the night. Dr. will then send the results of this test to a sleep specialist who will analyze the results of the sleep study along with the at home sleep assessment, discovering if you suffer from sleep apnea. If so you are revealed to have sleep apnea, Dr. Middleton will work with you in order to find the best option for you.
Unlike snoring, when the soft tissues in your throat vibrate, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when those same tissues close or obstruct your airway. Common symptoms for sleep apnea include: loud snoring, waking up with a sore/dry throat, lack of energy or general sleepiness during the day, waking up with a gasping or choking sensation, and forgetfulness or mood changing, but to be properly diagnosed, please contact Dr. Middleton for a consultation.
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Options depend on the severity of the sleep apnea, individual differences between patients, and what, specifically, is causing the blocked pathway. The solution may include sleeping with a CPAP, surgery, or losing weight, but often moving the jaw into the correct place with an oral application is sufficient. The correct option for you, however, wont be known until properly analyzed.
Most often patients with obstructive sleep apnea receive a 70-80% reimbursement (as a diagnosed medical condition) but it varies. The best way to determine whether your insurance will cover your treatment, is to contact our office.
An oral application is a mouthpiece worn at night in order to move the jaw in order to unblock the air pathway. While not everyone with sleep apnea needs an oral application, it often is the solution.
Sensations vary between patients, but it should never hurt. The applications are very similar in appearance to a mouth guard of a retainer, and likewise create a similar sensation. Because appliances are lightweight and custom fit, most patients only notice it's in their mouth before falling asleep.
Nasal strips only improve flow of air through the nose, rather than for the entire air passage to the lungs. The only effective way to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is to increase the size of the entire air passage. Oral appliance therapy, therefore, is a more effective method.
After growing up in Long Beach, California, Dr. Jerry Middleton attended Marquette University School of Dentistry in Wisconsin. He graduated with honors and the Outstanding General Dentist Award in 1991.
Upon graduation from dental school he was accepted for a residency program at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California. He obtained advanced training in Emergency Medicine, Oral Surgery, Anesthesiology and the treatment of medically compromised patients.
Dr. Middleton regularly attends continuing education courses all over the country. He has pursued hundreds of hours of interrelated continuing education courses, focusing on becoming a premier provider of advanced and comprehensive dentistry.
Dr. Middleton combines this exceptional education and post graduation training with extensive clinical experience and dedication to improving people's dental health, allowing him to bring outstanding functional health and beauty to his patient's smiles. Currently a dentist in Riverside, his private practice offers a wide range of comprehensive dentistry, with an emphasis on leading edge cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Middleton's leadership and commitment to the field of dentistry is demonstrated by his participation in several dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Tri-County Dental Society. He has served as President of TCDS and as a Delegate to the CDA. He has chaired numerous committees within TCDS, and was instrumental in bringing the Give Kids a Smile program to the Inland area. He is one of a few dentists to be honored with fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy (a dental organization which recognizes philanthropic activity) and the American College of Dentists (a prestigious organization dedicated to the advancement of excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership).
When not practicing dentistry, Dr Middleton enjoys spending time with his wife, Denise and his children. Free time activities include running, snow skiing and biking. He is actively involved in church and various community organizations.