Don’t lose sleep over snoring and sleep apnea
Along with disrupting sleep and negatively affecting relationships, snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially life-threatening disorder. OSA can contribute to many serious health consequences, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, reflux disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, obesity, anxiety and depression.
A gentle dentist, who has devoted most of his 25-year career to treating special needs patients in a hospital setting, Dr. Bughao became interested in treating sleep disorders several years ago. He had heard stories from friends who had been diagnosed with sleep apnea but refused to use the first-line treatment — continuous positive airway pressure, better known as CPAP.
“Some people just can’t accept the feeling of a mask on their face all night long,” said Dr. Bughao. “Aside from not being very attractive, people tell me it makes them claustrophobic.”
Dr. Bughao completed a mini residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at UCLA in 2012. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Bughao said that an oral appliance can be an effective first-line therapy for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Similar to a bite guard, the oral appliance is a molded device placed in the mouth at night to hold the lower jaw and bring the tongue forward to keep it from blocking the airway.
“Most importantly, it’s much easier to get used to, it’s not cumbersome … and it’s not ugly,” Dr. Bughao chuckled. “My patients tell me they awake refreshed and feel better after wearing the appliance.” And most insurance covers the device.
Dr. Bughao is located in El Dorado Hills. Call 916-943-1395 or go online to www.RBughaoDDS.com.
Rodney Bughao, DDS
After graduating from University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry in 1987, I attended a residency program in Hospital Dentistry at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, CA. I completed that residency in 1989 and have since dedicated my career to the treatment of people with disabilities.
In addition to my Bachelor's degree in Dental Science and my doctorate degree in Dental Surgery I possess a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
I worked in a private practice for one year before opening my own practice in the Sacramento area in 1991. From 2005 to 2006 I was Chief of Oral Surgery and Dentistry at Sutter General and Memorial hospitals. I am honored to have received the Medical Service Award from the Sacramento Association for the Retarded in 1998 and acknowledgment from the California Dental Association and the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped every year since 1996.
During my free time I enjoy traveling with my wife of 27 years and our three children.