Pasadena’s Leading Sleep Therapy Specialist Dr. Vickie Greenberg

Pasadena Orthodontist Dr. Vickie Greenberg, specializes in TMJ Jaw Pain and Sleep Therapy. Issues with sleeping can be catalyst for a diminished healthy lifestyle, and that is why she has made sleep therapy a focal point of her orthodontics practice.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a condition which causes difficulties in breathing during sleep. The sufferer can wake up several times during the night, sometimes 30 times an hour without being aware of it, and the condition is often accompanied by snoring.

Sleep Apnea can be detrimental to your health. The patient isn’t often aware of these sleep disruptions, as they happen so quickly. These disruptions become more obvious the next day, since they lead to drowsiness, irritability, difficulties with concentrating, and other life interruptions caused by constant fatigue.

Waking up several hundred times a night, even if you’re unaware of it, can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can lead to more serious consequences, such as heart attack or stroke.

It’s unhealthy to have your breathing interrupted like this. Snoring can be difficult for a relationship, and the repercussions can cause many undesirable consequences to your lifestyle and health. Fortunately there are a number of treatment options available for Sleep Apnea.

Dr. Vickie Greenberg prefers to look at the big picture in her Sleep Apnea cases. As with any health problem, every case is different.  She believes that different treatments work for different people, and is excited about some new options available, like the Fotona Laser.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

The most commonly known treatment option for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. It is a mask and apparatus that you wear while you sleep. It works by increasing the air pressure in your throat so that the airway doesn’t collapse upon exhaling, which is what causes the snoring.

CPAP machines can be quite effective for snoring and sleep apnea. Some people find the apparatus cumbersome and noisy, and it may difficult to fall asleep with the mask and machine attached. For light sleepers, this solution may not be a solution at all, but more of a hindrance. They can be very effective for those who can adjust to them however.

Another treatment option is a fitted mouthpiece, also to be worn during sleep. They work by repositioning the jaw or tongue so that the airway is not obstructed. These can be effective also. They may be more desirable than the cumbersome mask and tube and machine that a CPAP consists of, and may be sufficient for many cases.

A newer approach to treating Sleep Apnea is the Fotona Laser. This technology is cutting edge, and Dr. Greenberg utilizes it for several procedures in her practice. This is a non-surgical “rejuvenating” laser, which tightens the tissue in the palate by enhancing collagen. This widens out the airway, lessening the source of the airway obstruction that causes the snoring.

Which Option is Best for You

Dr. Greenberg looks at each Sleep Apnea cases individually. Every patient is different, with different lifestyles, and different consequences as a result of their Sleep Apnea. A treatment that works beautifully for one patient may not be desirable or effective for another. And every patient deserves the personalized and unique care that is necessary to improve the quality of their sleep and lives.

There is no reason to keep suffering with difficulties in sleeping! Snoring can be difficult for entire families, and so can constant fatigue, which leads to other health issues.

If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, or think you may have a sleep Apnea Diagnosis, make an appointment with Dr. Vickie Greenberg today! She offers free consultations to first time visitors. She is located in Pasadena, and serves patients from Altadena, and all over the San Gabriel Valley. So call today at (626) 798-7645, and start sleeping better tomorrow!

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Orthodontics and Sleep Therapy

Quality sleep is one of the most important aspects to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Without proper sleep our bodies will eventually begin to turn on us. Sleep is vital not just for your physical health, but your mental health as well.

That’s why Dr. Vickie Greenberg has dedicated much of her time and resources on integrating Sleep Therapy into her Orthodontics practice. She has made great strides in treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring without the use of surgical procedures.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, or you’re having difficulties with snoring or restless sleep, read on to learn more about Dr. Greenbergs Orthodontic and Holistic approach to Sleep Therapy.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is often marked by excessive snoring during the night. This type of snoring is very disruptive to sleep-often it will wake up the sufferer hundreds of times a night! The snorer isn’t always aware that this is occurring, but will feel the effects in the form of extreme fatigue, irritability, and difficulties with focusing during the day.

There are lifestyle changes that can be made to help alleviate Sleep Apnea, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or cutting back on alcoholic beverages.

More often than not however, further treatment is necessary, and that’s where Dr. Greenberg comes in. She integrates the use of cutting-edge technology with a holistic approach to each of her patient’s whole lifestyle to treat sleep apnea and snoring without the use of invasive and dangerous surgery.

Using Technology for Sleep Therapy

One of the tools Dr. Greenberg uses for Sleep Apnea is the Fotona Laser. The laser is gentle enough to use on the tissues of the mouth, but still strong enough to achieve notable improvements in patients undergoing the treatment for sleep apnea.

The Fotona Laser works for sleep apnea by gently tightening up the tissues in the soft palate, creating more space in the patients airway so that there is less obstruction in the way. In this way, the patient can breathe easier in their sleep, and the symptoms of sleep apnea will begin to diminish.

This procedure is safe, pain free, and there is no recovery time. Most people go straight back to work, and often report feeling an improvement in their sleep right away!

A Holistic Approach to Sleep Therapy

Dr. Greenberg believes that “less is best” when it comes to orthodontic care. She has successfully treated countless patients without surgery after having been told by previous specialists that surgery was necessary.

Dr. Greenberg understands that she is not just treating the mouths of her patients, but their overall health and well-being. She understands that her patients lead busy lives, and don’t want to spend any more time than absolutely necessary sitting in a dental chair.

Her approach is warm and welcoming, and she treats patients of all ages in the Pasadena and Altadena communities. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, and you’re looking for compassionate yet expert care from someone who understands the importance of good sleep, give our office a call today. Don’t go another week without the healthy, restful sleep that you deserve!

 

 

 

 

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