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Sleep Apnea

Dental Sleep Apnea TreatmentsDental Sleep Medicine is an area of practice that concentrates on the management of sleep-related breathing conditions including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening medical condition which causes your body to stop breathing at night while you sleep. The muscles located in your throat relax and the tongue can fall back and close off the airways while you sleep, reducing the amount of oxygen you receive to all of your organs including your heart and brain. Patients who experience sleep apnea may snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods of time. When your body stops breathing, you awake for a short moment while you remain unaware. This can happen hundreds of times every night, and you commonly wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed.

In addition to snoring and redundant daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can cause memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, and lose the ability to concentrate. When sleep apnea is left undiagnosed, it can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart attack and sudden death while asleep.

Dentists Work Together with Sleep Physicians

Together, dentists and sleep physicians are enticed to respond to health risks and the economic hardship of undiagnosed sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness. The physician recognizes and diagnoses sleep apnea conditions, while dentists provide the treatment.

Suffering From Sleep Related Conditions?

For many years, dentists have pioneered the use of oral appliance therapies for the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep related breathing disorders. An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only when you are sleeping. The device fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer, and stops the airway from closing by either situating the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. With the use of the oral appliance device, dentists can minimize, or stop all together, the symptoms of sleep apnea in mild to moderate cases. After proper diagnoses for sleep apnea or a sleep related breathing disorder from your physician, our team of dentists will help you choose and fit your personalized oral appliance that is relaxing, effective, and efficient for you. We will also provide each patient with long-term follow-up care.

Fall Asleep. Stay Asleep. Wake up Refreshed!

New Reopening Guidelines

Dear Alpine Dental Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up- to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

• We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

• We ask that you contact the office once you arrive in the parking lot to let us know that you have arrived. We will then call you when we are ready to seat you.

• Upon arrival we will asking some screening questions and taking your temperature. Anyone with a temp over 99.5 degrees farenheit will be rescheduled.

• We require you to be wearing a mask when you come in for your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep our patients and staff safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 763-536-1118 or email at

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

George Rizkalla, DDS Team

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