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Treating Sleep Apnea in Honolulu


Dr. Nagata is a member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM).

He has received special training in Sleep Breathing Disorders and is proficient in treating Sleep Breathing Disorders, reecognizing and diagnosing the many signs and symptoms of the apneic patient, including those seen in children, and discussing all snoring and sleep apnea treatment options.

Dr. Nagata is a Somnomed certified dentist in Hawaii.  Somnomed is an oral appliance worn to help treat the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  The Somnomed oral appliance has in many situations help patients who are CPAP intolerant.

Dr. Nagata is a certified NightLaseTM   dentist.  Studies show that NightLaseTM provides relief from snoring for the patient and allows their loved ones to get a restful night’s sleep once again.  NightLaseTM doesn’t require devices to be worn during sleep and requires no chemicals, medication or anesthesia.

Forty-five percent of Americans snore; 25 percent snore habitually; seven percent have sleep apnea; and 90 percent of those remain undiagnosed. Only 24 percent of physicians bother to screen for sleep disorders. 15 million Americans need expert help for this condition.

Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Since OSA is a serious medical condition, it must be diagnosed by a physician. Diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study, called a Polysomnogram (PSG). Other factors of determining OSA are patient evaluation and history.

Treatment Options

Good sleep hygiene, weight loss, and exercise are some helpful OSA treatments a patient can practice on their own. However, medical and dental treatments include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Oral Appliance Therapy, and Laser treatment that can reduce the effects of Sleep Apnea.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is pressurized air generated from a bedside machine. The air is delivered through a tube, connected to a mask, covering the nose. The force of the pressurized air splints the airway open. The CPAP opens the airway like air into a balloon; when air is blown into the balloon, it opens and gets wider. This is exactly how CPAP clears the airway.

Oral Appliance Therapy

These devices are similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a custom designed oral appliance that is worn during sleep. This appliance then attempts to maintain an opened, unobstructed airway in the throat. There are many different oral appliances available.  

Oral appliances work in several ways:
  • Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
  • Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue 
  • Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue

Laser Therapy through NightLaseTM

NightLase reduces the effect of sleep apnea and through a gentle laser light treatment.   The NightLase treatment tightens the tissue and will reduce the snoring sounds and the effects of sleep apnea.  

Dr. Nagata will work with your physician as part of the medical team in your diagnosis, treatment, and on-going care. Determination of proper therapy can only be made by joint consultation of your dentist and physician. Initiation of oral appliance therapy can take from several weeks to several months to complete. Our team will continue to monitor your treatment and evaluate the response of your teeth and jaws.

If you're suffering from sleep apnea, call our Honolulu dentist today! Dr. Nagata is uniquely experienced in providing patients with a holistic treatment solutions. Call today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment options in Honolulu