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Specialist Spotlight- Dr. Hang and Face Focused Orthodontics

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Specialist Spotlight- Dr. Hang and Face Focused Orthodontics

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At Thousand Oaks Family Dentistry, we are proud of the network of skilled dental specialists we have created. Whether you are in our office or one of our associates’ offices, know that you will be treated with respect, kindness and experience. Today, we would like to highlight orthodontist Dr. William Hang and his program of Face Focused Orthodontics.

Like every orthodontics practice, Dr. Hang offers a variety of services and appliances geared towards straightening teeth and improving the dimensions and mechanics of your mouth. However, his office goes much further with his Face Focused program. Here, he takes an examined approach towards orthodontics to address a variety of problems with breathing and facial esthetics.

Face Focused Orthodontics is the culmination of Dr. Hang’s decades of research, education and practice. He dedicated his career towards developing orthodontic programs that do not retract the teeth as the patient grows older. His ultimate goal is maintaining good rest oral posture, or the relationship of the jaw, face position and airway when you breathe. Poor rest oral posture can lead to a whole host of problems, ranging from headaches to migraines and even sleep apnea.

For young patients entering orthodontics, Dr. Hang focuses on straightening teeth and improving oral esthetics while respecting jaw mechanics and maintaining airways. He strives to create a smile that both looks and functions great for an entire lifetime. In adults, he often treats patients suffering from headaches, snoring problems and sleep apnea in addition to crooked or crowded teeth. Here, his Face Focused program hopes to address poor facial mechanics and establish great jaw and breathing function. No matter what your ultimate orthodontic goal, Dr. Hang and his staff are attentive, communicative and thorough. His consultation appointments alone often take and hour and a half, including X-rays and Cone Beam CT technology.

We love working with Dr. Hang and his office because they offer a unique and powerful service. Patients travel from all around the world to receive treatment from Dr. Hang, while he is conveniently located minutes away from our office. While he is not treating patients, he can be found lecturing or researching ways to perfect his Face Focused treatment. If you would like to know more about Dr. Hang or any other of our fantastic specialists, please give us a call.  We want our patients to know they are in good hands, whether with us or one of our specialists.

To find out more about Dr. Hang, visit his website www.facefocused.com

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Video Blog on Sleep Apnea

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Video Blog on Sleep Apnea

Greetings, my name is Dr. Kari Ann Hong, and I have a family dentistry practice where I see patients from all age groups.  In my practice, we help educate our patients about medical conditions that can affect someone’s long term health.  Sleep apnea is one such condition, that is characterized by someone that stops breathing for at least 10 seconds for multiple times an hour.  Severe sleep apnea is defined as anyone that stops breathing 25 times or more an hour for at least 10 seconds at a time.  

Snoring is sometimes a symptom of sleep apnea, as is being able to easily fall asleep during the day.  The only way to diagnose sleep apnea is to do a test while sleeping.  Fortunately, these sleep tests can now be done in the comfort of your own bed. Once the sleep test has been done and a diagnosis of sleep apnea is made, then a variety of treatment options can be considered. For patients that have been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea or those that are unable to tolerate a CPAP, BIPAP, or APAP machine, then a dental sleep apnea appliance is recommended.  In my office we have a machine that sends sonic sound waves through the mouth to determine the best jaw position to maximize the airway.  An acrylic appliance that fits on the upper and lower arch is then made to mimic this jaw position.  

The fabrication of a dental sleep apnea appliance is covered by PPO medical insurances.  We have the ability to bill your medical insurance for you.  If you are interested in a dental sleep apnea appliance, please fill out the contact us page below.

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Sleep Apnea Screening and Treatment

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Sleep Apnea Screening and Treatment

Do you wake up feeling unrested? Do you snore often? Is it loud enough to be heard through walls? Do loved ones hear you “stop breathing” during the night?  If you answer yes to these questions, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is the temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep. It leaves suffers feeling continuously unrested and tired, regardless of how much rest they are actually getting. However, the complications go much deeper than tiredness. Apnea has been linked to increased incidences of health conditions such as cardiac arrhythmia, stroke and high blood pressure.

Although there are a number of different causes and types of apnea, the most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses and blocks air from entering the lungs. OSA (and all types of apnea) result in fragmented and inconsistent sleep.

A diagram showing the difference between a normal patient and an OSA sufferer. Note the bottom middle of both pictures. 

A diagram showing the difference between a normal patient and an OSA sufferer. Note the bottom middle of both pictures. 

Patients suffering from apnea essentially spend their sleeping hours in an oxygen deprived state. As your body struggles to manage breathing, extra stress is placed on virtually all organs and tissues. This is why it can be detrimental to so many biological processes. The poor sleep quality arises from your brain detecting a lack of oxygen and attempting to arouse the body. This ultimately prevents you from entering and staying in a deep and restful sleep.

At Thousand Oaks Family Dentistry, we diagnose all types of apnea and can treat some OSA. We can prescribe you a take home sleep test, which gathers information on blood oxygen levels, sleep movement and other vital signs to determine the presence or severity of apnea. If you qualify and are diagnosed with OSA, we can treat you using a custom apnea sleep appliance. This appliance works by shifting your lower jaw forward, which pulls the soft tissue away from the back of the throat and opens airways. The result is easier breathing, less snoring and more restful sleep!

Our take home sleep test. These various monitors measure almost every facet of your sleep and give us an accurate picture of your nighttime breathing habits. 

Our take home sleep test. These various monitors measure almost every facet of your sleep and give us an accurate picture of your nighttime breathing habits. 

Top Left: A finished sleep apnea appliance. Right: part of our apnea diagnostic kit. These plastic pieces allow us to measure various parts of your mouth and airway.

Top Left: A finished sleep apnea appliance. Right: part of our apnea diagnostic kit. These plastic pieces allow us to measure various parts of your mouth and airway.

If you think you might have sleep apnea, or are curious on how to better manage your snoring, please schedule an appointment with our office. Our sleep tests can give results in as little as 48 hours and can be interpreted as you return the test. We will handle your medical insurance billing from start to finish and  accommodate you in every way possible. Call us today for a good night’s sleep tomorrow!


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