FACES of Orange County 2017

No. 34 Sleep Apnea Alternatives


After watching her father and sister suffer from severe undiagnosed sleep apnea for years, Dr. Ann Abdulla began researching the disorder in hopes of helping her loved ones find relief. This personal compassion led her to become one of a handful of doctors who are trained and board certified in the field of dental sleep medicine by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Today, her Laguna Hills practice is dedicated almost exclusively to treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) using oral devices.

“I have done thousands of oral devices throughout the years and have training in TMJ treatment as well,” she says. “I am also fabricating a custom made CPAP mask that fits the patient’s individual face and minimizes leaking or discomfort. I work along side board-certified sleep physicians and together we come up with the best treatment plan for the patient.”

A believer in treating the whole patient, Dr. Abdulla offers health coaching to counsel patients on weight loss and a healthy lifestyle, all factors in sleep apnea treatment. “I really love watching my patients gain more energy and better quality of sleep. When the patient leaves happy, it’s the best feeling in the world knowing that you made a difference in their quality of life. A lot of patients finish treatment with hope and a sparkle in their eyes.”

Outside of helping patients rediscover the joy of a good night’s sleep, Dr. Abdulla’s great loves include gourmet cooking, watersports and travel. “When time allows, I like visiting distant countries, sampling their food, mingling with the locals and experiencing their traditions and culture.”

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Photograph by Lisa Renee Photography