Sleep Apnea

Sam Harouni, DDS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

Are you tired of using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea? If you snore and stop breathing while you sleep, Dr Sam Harouni offers effective, long-term sleep apnea solutions at his oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Harouni provides innovative sleep apnea treatments, including oral appliance therapy, corrective jaw surgery, and Maxillo-Mandibular advancements, to alleviate loud snoring and breathing interruptions. For help getting a good night’s sleep, schedule a consultation online or by calling the practice.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop and start periodically throughout the night. The two main types of sleep apnea include obstructive and central sleep apnea.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your breathing is interrupted when your throat muscles relax and block your airways. With central sleep apnea, dysfunction in your brain interferes with the signals to your muscles that control your breathing.

You may also develop the condition due to a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea factors.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Because the symptoms of sleep apnea appear while you sleep, you may not even know you have the condition. Your partner may complain that you snore loudly or stop breathing at times while you’re sleeping.

Other symptoms common with sleep apnea include:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Frequent morning headaches


Dr. Harouni can determine if your symptoms relate to sleep apnea during your initial evaluation.

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing sleep apnea, such as your family history. Other factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Allergies
  • Being overweight


Use of alcohol or certain medications that can relax throat muscles can increase your risk for developing sleep apnea.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to heart problems or Type 2 diabetes, or even turn life-threatening.

What treatments are available for sleep apnea?

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Harouni can recommend oral appliances that keep your airways open while you sleep. Depending on your specific needs, the oral device moves your jaw into a better position to allow air to flow more freely while you sleep.

If an oral appliance isn’t effective in relieving your sleep apnea symptoms, Dr. Harouni may recommend a surgical procedure to correct your jaw alignment. Surgery can reposition your jaw to open up a larger space behind your tongue and prevent airway restriction.

Surgical correction of sleep apnea offers long-term results and can eliminate the need for a CPAP machine. Dr. Harouni can determine if surgery is the most beneficial treatment option based on your specific needs and overall health.

If sleep apnea is taking a toll on your ability to get safe, restful sleep, call the Beverly Hills practice or book an appointment online.